Blonde Pale Ale | Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Rutager on 09-27-2012

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Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Deadbolt82!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with almost two fingers of off-white head with average retention and some bands of lace.

Smell. Bright floral hops, lime, papaya, oranges and pineapple with some lightly toasted grains. Nice.

Taste. Tropical fruits, some citrus and floral hops, roasted light grains and just a little bit of bitterness in the finish. Very nice!

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-low carbonation. Seems just a little bit thin.

Overall. Very nice pale ale. Lots of fruit and really nice hops.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light pungent hops with lightly sweet malt notes. Taste is a good mix between some pungent hops with light fruity ester and lightly sweet malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Quite enjoyable with nice little herbal hops presence.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Picked it up from IGA

Pours a glowing, super hazy appetizing orange. Huge lumpy frothy head with big bubbles. Lots of lacing, a few chunks of foam on the side of the glass. Great retention.

N: citrusy citrusy hops, lots of yeast, very natural.

T : tropical citrus hops, great bitter citrus peel/zest aftertaste, dry finish

M: Medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, very smooth, no booze.

O: I'm not sharing my 660ml bottle! This is easy drinking, but absolutely delicious, so fresh! Everything comes together really well, highly recommended

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Photo of DaveR514
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for 7$

Appearance - Clear gold/copper colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, cereal, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some very faint citrus and some grassy cereal type notes. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – My first beer from this brewer and it's fairly good. It was worth a shot but for the price I'd pick something else up next time. If I see an IPA by this brewer at the store I'll pick it up.

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Photo of SebD
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of floral hops, citrus, grass, grainy malts and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice floral hops, some citrus and lemon, a grassy bitterness, grainy malts and a touch of sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of theDuck
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Allan2824
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of spiritus93
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of MatChar
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Triat00
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of bylerteck
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Rapido in Gatineau.

A - Pours light golden and bright with strong carbonation. Three fingers of fluffy white head. Good lace rings and great finger of retention.

S - Grainy, honey, mild hop, a little lemony. Not your typical pale ale but a decent aroma that's a little different from the usual.

T - Hops are there but very much in balance with the honey notes from the malt and the sweet grain. Balanced, but could use a bit more hop strength. A bit of lemon there too.

M - A bit dry and bitter to finish. Mild to medium carbonation in the mouth, medium body.

O/D - More malt forward than a pale ale of this style should be. Had greater expectations for this.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely cloudy orange. Medium white head and lacing. On the nose there is citrus, mixed with caramel biscuity malt. Tastes are of citrus bitterness, with a light background of sweet malts. Overall I was expecting something light, but was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of aromas and tastes.

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Photo of jbmaur
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of slowfade
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JG_brew
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%


Pours a crystal clear straw-honey color with a finger's white head that fizzes down to a film/ring. Meh retention; touch of lacing. (3.5)

Zesty tropical fruits. Grapefruit rind, some sticky sweet oats, touch of potpurri-esque spice, fresh cut grass. (3.5)

Flatly hoppy. Nice even blast of grapefruit, wet earth, and some clean maltiness far, far underneath. (4)

Light bodied, crisp, bubbly, refreshing, smooth finish with lingering hoppy dryness. (4)

Tasty and inoffensive Pale Ale.
This is a nice tasting, refreshing lawnmower beer if there ever was. It is pretty delicate on all fronts and really (to my taste) ends up as a really nice example of what a macro could turn out if they just added bigger flavors to their existing lines. This is certainly nothing bad, in my ever-so humble opinion. Au contraire.
Pours alright and has a pretty hop-forward aroma and taste. It drinks nice too. Sure it is nothing extreme, but it is an accesible, delicious example of the style that, if anything, shows how sometimes subtlety can yield the best results. Would be a spectacular beer for the non-craft-initiated to bridge the gap with their favorite macros.
Will have again; worth trying. (3.75)

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Blonde Pale Ale from Microbrasserie Le Castor
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 20 ratings