Down Easy Pale Ale | Hoyne Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoyne Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
hoynebrewing.ca

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
And in the beginning, word came forth, “Let there be ale, and let it be the colour of barley in the summer sun, and let it paradoxically both quench and create great thirst.” Who are we to disagree? Sit back, take it easy, enjoy the slow ride.

Added by BDTyre on 02-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.08%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of AaronLamb
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mack
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle - yes, isn't it a great thing for brewers that ale 'also causes great thirst'?

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a few instances of chunky lace around the glass as it very slowly melts away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and pastry-like caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, some indistinct citrus fruitiness, and fairly laid-back earthy, leafy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is sugary caramel malt, toffee squares, breakfast biscuits, generic dark fruity notes, a touch of hard water flintiness, ephemeral earthy spice, and more understated leafy, weedy, and resinous piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with the hops keeping their nose out of everybody's business here, thankfully. It finishes off-dry, the robust malt, mixed fruitiness, and waning hops making a day of it.

Overall, this is an enjoyable enough pale ale, if one that tends much more toward the sweet side of things, with not quite an adequate amount of bittering offset. While tasty, I am increasingly fighting the urge to go dig up my usually handy-dandy tongue-scraper, which I seem to have misplaced.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
2.39/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppy138
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N_E_Beer
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank not quite cold enough with Quebecker, it was not well received. They have better beers.

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Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CurtisD
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fader
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcCraft710
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imfinished
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
2.34/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Tap. Was something potentially off with this batch

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Photo of Svingjo
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This golden beverage had a nice hoppiness to it without it being overly bitter. Was surprised by the crispness and quick finish. A nice easy drinking Pale Ale.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Gruntle
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Spreetaper
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rready
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Osskjc
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ZachT
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at an Italian joint in Victoria, BC. A reddish orange honey-like amber color with maybe two inches of rich beige foam on top, this pale ale immediately comes off as unassuming, workmanlike, unoffensive ... Well-crafted and sessionable yet not going to blow many minds. Aroma is largely malt-driven, bready caramel malts that evoke some pumpkin or perhaps toasted pretzel along with a vague tangerine citrus rind note. The palate is similar, lots of assertive malts along with a moderate dose of pot resin and menthol hop notes, some mixed peppercorn spice, green grape and grass. Fresh and bright but the hopping is downplayed in favor of the malt backbone. There seems to be a subclass of pale ales like this, malt-driven with peppery/resinous hops as an accent (Hoptical Illusion from Flying Monkeys in Onterrible is another example), in contrast to another class that comes off more as an "IPA light" group with the classic citrus and tropical west coast hop flavors on center-stage. These former brews do make an interesting change of pace. Body on the thin side and finishes on the dry side, the bread taking a back seat to the grass (but only until the next sip). It's alright and rather English in a way, like much in Victoria.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of 1stOffender
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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