360° Pale Ale
Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

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American Pale Ale (APA)
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3.55 | pDev: 10.7%
Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
360° Pale Ale360° Pale Ale
Notes: A year round offering based on the similar styles of North American Pale Ale and Amber Ale. Though slightly hop focused, our 360° Ale is very drinkable with a medium-light body, dry finish, moderate malty palate balanced by slight bitterness and a pleasing hop aroma. Simply brewed with North American 2-row pale malt and some crystal malts for colour and flavour additions, and balanced by three different hops added three times, the focus is on aroma with mild flavours. We want this to be your go-to beer enjoyed while sharing a few pints with friends!
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 35
Photo of eberesford
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy amber with a dense creamy off white head and dense lacing. Aroma: Slightly honeyish. Flavour: slightly tart - honey on toast with citrusy hops.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can
4.9% ABV
Real Canadian Superstore –Main/Thompson (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
September 16, 2017
The beer pours a translucent light copper colour with a thin field of bubbles for a head. The aroma is citrus, weak caramel, some grass, and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is slightly toasted malt, some sweet caramel hints, and weak pine notes. Not bad, but not something to reach for every time you want a beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper and slightly hazy with a little carbonation, and 3 fingers of creamy, off white head. Good, thick lacing.

Smells of caramel, pine, oranges, and toffee.

Tastes of caramel, oranges, orange peel, tea, and dull, bitter hops.

Medium body, with medium low carbonation.

Drinking in New Hamburg, March 23rd, 2018. Decent pale ale.

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Photo of TerryW
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Impressive to look at. Big ice cream float head, gobs of lace, chunky cap. Clear, rusty orange, plenty of bubbles. Caramel nose with a sharp boozy edge, some fruitiness. Similarly sharp edged taste, overtakes the caramel. Harsh hops also, stongly lingering bitterness. Also pointedly carbonated. This one is all elbows, no subtlety.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a tulip. Fortinos purchase for $3 CDN. Listed at 4.9% ABV. Curious to see how these guys from Thunder Bay do.

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy dark amber colored beer with multiple fingers of off-white head. Very nice retention, plenty of lacing in making for a great looking beer.

Smell - Hints of sweetness tropical fruit with melon, mango and pineapple playing most prominent roles. Some malt backing, but leaning to the overripe fruit and tropical side of things. Nose isn't terribly pungent for better or for worse.

Taste - Middling bitterness, some tropical fruits with melon playing a role. Finishes much more bitter than it starts. Grainy as well to start with plenty of sweetness. The bitterness is certainly more of the resiny and piney flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied overall, leaning heavy for the style, with sufficient carbonation and a soft texture that lends itself to easy drinking. Very dry finish.

Overall - A solid if unspectacular pale ale that leans towards an IPA with heavy bitterness through and notions of tropical fruits as well. Worthy of tipple or three for sure and gives me hope for this distant brewery that is remarkably still in the same province.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged Jan 19 2017 and served slightly chilled. Now listed at 4.9%. This is the first Sleeping Giant product that I've had the chance to try.

Pours a clouded orange-amber colour, generating roughly one inch of lumpy white head. Good retention; it retreats at a casual pace, requiring more than 5 minutes to fade down to a wide, foamy collar and thin cap, simultaneously depositing a messy coat of lacing. Looks great, although the nose is somewhat subdued - coarse grains and bread, with light caramel sweetness, muddled orange citrus and a hint of indistinct orchard fruit. Slightly leafy and earthy; not too interesting, but suitable for an EPA/APA hybrid.

The flavour profile doesn't stray far from the aroma, with grainy pale malts, toasted bread and some caramelized sugar featured at the forefront. Hints of orange peel and red apple are followed up by a sturdy, bitter kick from the hop bill, which comes across as grassy, dirty, and slightly piney/resiny. These hoppy notes carry on into a bittersweet finish with some earthiness. Light-ish bodied, with appropriately moderated carbonation levels for a light pale ale - not quite crisp, but definitely not soft, either; it provides a decent bite. Far from exciting, but it'll get the job done.

Final Grade: 3.67, a B grade. Sleeping Giant's 360 Ale is another example of an "Ontario pale ale" - easy-drinking, fairly malt forward, with a firm hop backing. It's passable, but not something to go out your way for. My issue with these hybrid ales is that they often result in a "jack of all trades, master of none" situation, which is how I'd describe this one. English ale fans may not appreciate the pointed earthy/resiny bitterness on the back end, whereas American pale fans are probably looking for something with a more unique hop profile (or at the very least, something not quite so malt-focused). I'm just thinking aloud, though - the bottom line is that this is a respectable flagship brew that I'm not averse to drinking again.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with an orange hue, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent offers up some floral hops with earthy undertones, a spicy caramel malt backbone with hints of cider and buttered bread.

T - The flavour is mild and unoffensive, the earthy hop notes dominate off the top bringing some bitter citrus rind and cedar notes. Some caramel notes and bready malt flavours come through on the finish.

M - A tad thin, but again, likely due to rough transportation of the growler. Finishes nice and dry, but not to be interpreted as overly dry.

O - A tasty pale ale that offers up just enough hops to keep you pleased, while not overloading the palette, making for an easily sessionable ale. I actually prefer this to their wheat ale as the lingering flavours are more prominent. Looking forward to their IPA once it is released.

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360° Pale Ale from Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 35 ratings