Show Pony Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,296
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,484
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 10.83%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
23
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Last Best Eatery & Brewpub
 
Alberta, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
Good
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you've tried this beer in Last Best's early days, I'd urge you to go back and give it another look--whether it's a matter of freshness, care, or recipe, recent batches have come out fighting, screaming for attention in a crowded field of Alberta-based pale ales (a category that has become weirdly excellent, and weirdly prolific in the last two years). I dismissed this one a year ago, but it's gradually become a local favourite.

The colour has become cloudier, the head more persistent, and the flavour. . . . my recent pints of Show Pony have become absolutely magical fruit bombs, with lots of pineapple, mango, papaya, and just a touch of pine-y resin and malt backbone. It's a really lovely, approachable beer, and inching closer to the standard bearer of Alberta Pale Ales, Troubled Monk's Pesky Pig.

Jul 12, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary. Show Pony is truly pale - straw coloured with a bit of white head that rims the glass. I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity that lay below the pale face. This has a nice hop profile that lends some "oomph" to the aroma and taste. If this was readily available in my neck of the woods, it would probably be part of my regular rotation.

Feb 21, 2015
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.
Clear, gold copper color, with a tall foamy slightly off-white head. Thick lines of lace, then finishing with a full sheet covering the glass.
Smells of bready malt, slightly caramel sweetness, and then some fruity hops.
The taste starts with malt grain, then kicks in with citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit, oranges.
Good carbonation level, medium body, smooth, dry finish.
A very drinkable beer, a good one from another local brewery.

Feb 20, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

20oz pint at the National on 10th ave, during the kick-off of the Stampede, it would seem - my mind is elsewhere.

This beer appears a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one thick finger of frothy, finely foamy, and almost creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some splendidly layered rose thorn lace around the glass as things gently subside.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, a hard water flintiness, mild underripe apple, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, slightly caramelized malt, wet stone, a bit of acrid yeast, and leafy, floral, and softly citrusy hops.

The bubbles are pretty tight and aggressive at times, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and fairly smooth, in a plain, barely hop-tinged sort of way. It finishes rather dry, the malt trending biscuity, and the hops sticking to their dead flower tendencies.

An enjoyable enough APA, the focus on dryness making this one an easy drinker. Perhaps a few kinks to work out with the overly noticeable water mineral and yeast brewing detritus, but that's ok, there's still much to like here - c'mon, Calgarians, go out and pound this back at 8am for the next few weeks!

Jul 04, 2014
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Cains1066 from Canada (AB)

2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at The National in Calgary

Show Pony is a great name for a decent beer and the statements being made by the new brewery that has taken over the space of the now defunct Brew Brothers brewing company have been bold and encouraging.

Last Best have stated they would like to produce a new trademark beer for Calgary/Western Canada, quite a bold statement but seemingly sincere and exciting to read.

So with fairly high expectations I ordered this beer, after all, it was produced using the same kit as the excellent Brew Brothers.

Appearance - Pale straw coloured as you would expect, no head, low carbonation.

Smell - Fairly nondescript but with a whiff of nail varnish.

Taste - Nail varnish with a hint of caramel malt trying to break through, no hops that I could discern, not what I would expect from a Pale Ale, the American Pale Ale claim being completely misplaced, it barely tasted of a straight Pale.

Mouthfeel - moderate, quite thin, I did finish the pint despite the taste (have had worse) but did not order another.

Overall - extremely disappointing, hopefully a one of issue with the batch, maybe Last Best are trying to get things out too quickly I just don`t know. I will give them another chance but not for a while, I`d need to be sampling a fresh batch, they`ve only just got going so this beer cannot be old.

Pale Ale is a standard with plenty of competition and a nice hoppy APA is a step up and something to savour, not this beer.

May 31, 2014
Show Pony Pale Ale from Last Best Eatery & Brewpub
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 23 ratings