Signature Pale Ale | Steamworks Brewing Company

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Signature Pale AleSignature Pale Ale

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Steamworks Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The term "Pale Ale" dates back to the 1800s when all beer was dark brown in colour. New malting techniques led to the development of pale malt, a barley malt kilned at low temperatures which contributed very little colour to the finished beer. Hence the birth of Pale Ale, an amber- to copper-coloured ale you could actually see through. Plenty of British Crystal malt in the grist lends this ale its rich colour, its caramel maltiness, and adds the occasional whiff of toffee to the nose. An addition of American and German hops to the kettle at the end of the boil is used to suffuse our Pale Ale with a gently spicy hop finish.

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Photo of drmeto
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-pours a hazy golden-orange with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-grapefruit,oranges,tangerines,blood orange,honey,peach
-Follows the nose with a piney,oniony hoppyness
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
Pale Ale with a solid Aroma, but the Taste kinda flattens and fizzles out.

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Photo of Kobold
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: the foam waves a quick “hello” and then dashes underground into evening golden arms of wheat and cold amber.

Aroma: A neck of perfumes ringed with pine needles and ice. Bitter apples and unripened pears scowl from a distance. Paper wrapped doughy grain bread hums a wholesome tune beneath.

Taste: Only a tinge, or afterthought, of hop bitterness. There is a sweet, even numbing, tingle in the aftertaste preceded by orange slices powered in a thin layer of icing sugar. The orange “lemonizes” slightly, even grows a thin grapefruit rind skin. After twenty minutes smooth, if shy, pineapple slips into the picnic brunch.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately the foundation is a bit waterlogged, though it does not detract from the aromatics and lilting sweet citrus taste. Carbonation is near non-existent, and yet no flatness ruins the feel.

Final Thoughts: Most memorable is the lightly electrifying, sugar tongue sparks from the aftertaste. The leather rimmed perfume-orange bouquet is also difficult to forget.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark straw color, almost golden with an orange hue, and some explosive subtle activity. Lightly creamy white half a finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of citrus, caramel biscuity feel, and fresh floral spices. Flavors of quality grains, bitter citrus with a lemon and lime feel, a hint of coriander, and really sharp herbal and floral hops. Highly grassy, low on sugar, but highly sour.

Smooth slick light to medium body with perfect amount of carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with a highly spicy and astringent citrus tongue coat, thick grassy feel with a hint of sweet roasted malt.

Overall a good craft boosting complex tasty favors with an overly strong bitter citrus feel. Good freshness but a little vinous and boozy. Promising beer with a good look and body while missing some balance.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Steamworks Brewpub ' Signature Pale Ale' @ 5.2% , served from a couple of 500 ml cans purchased for $2 each
A-pour is a pale gold from the can to a clear gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-mild smelling pale ale
T-very mild & watery tasting pale ale
MF-lots of carbonation , weak medium body
Ov-weak pale ale , barely an ok beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can poured into tulip 11/7/15

A clear golden yellow with a couple streams of bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves a few patches of lace

S floral hops, sweet orange peel, tangerine, a fair amount of hops, some bread and toffee

T a little spice and herbal notes to go with what I smell, some balance to it and a little lemon rind

M lighter side of medium, almost foamy, fairly gritty, a little spruce and rind linger

O decent pale ale, a fair amount of hops but still well balanced, drinkable brew for sure

Nothing about its going to blow you away but at 2.49$ for a 500ml can I could see myself myself grabbing a single from time to time

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Colour is almost orange-ish gold. Not much in the way of head after an initial finger or so dissipates, just a ring and some lacing that sticks to the glass. It's a beer that seems torn between the English and the "West Coast" style of "pale ale," but oddly, its indecision is a plus: it's pretty well-balanced, with enough malt and hop presence to please most drinkers. Citrusy and malty, only lightly bitter (becoming a bit more floral and herbal as it warms). Very drinkable, with a decent (leaning ever-so-slightly overcarbonated) body.

Paired well with leftover, microwaved egg rolls, which is a plus. I'll definitely drink this again--Steamworks doesn't seem to make beers that I'd consider truly remarkable, but they are remarkably consistent when it comes to making drinkable, every-day-type beers.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At $2.50 for a tallboy can, this could become my new "go to" beer. This beer is not overly hopped, but it has enough malt backbone to please the palate. It "pales" in comparison to other representative brews of the style, but there is enough substance and style to make me want to return.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pours a rich gold (almost apricot) topped by 1 finger's worth of white head. Decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S- Floral and citrusy with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T- A hit of earthy hops upfront along with a bready maltiness; this gives way to a spicy citrus zest.

M- Slightly watery body. Medium carbonation.

O- This Pale ale has a great appearance, great aroma, and an excellent taste. What it doesn't have is a good body. I found it to be extremely weak, although not completely damaging to the otherwise great properties of this beer. If the body was tweaked to be more full, I believe that this APA could roll among the best.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the St Regis, Vancouver.
Burnished gold with crusting white film. 3.75
Floral nose with some toast. 3.75
Granola crunch up front then lots of Cascade sherbety orange zest. 4
Lightly piney finish and drying linger.
Slight cling, lt-med, round. 4

Judging it on its own merits, tough to fault: an old-school hopped, accessible, sessionable PA. A bit pale and fizzy, but does a simple job well. The Van go-to when Fat Tug is too much. 3.75

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle poured into an American shaker pint glass. A light bronze color with around two fingers of frothy white foam. Mellow, subdued aroma of mixed citrus hops (pink grapefruit, orange, lime) and bready, slightly grainy malts. Light floral perfume becomes more salient as one drinks, along with some dusty old white peppercorns, walnut, and toast. Overall, the flavors are subtle and take some patience and focus to appreciate. Watery body and fairly fizzy, with a semi-dry toasted nutty finish featuring echoes of tangerine. I've had spicier pale ales, with more assertive hopping and a more pronounced peppery bite. This nevertheless has its charms and would make a decent session option.

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Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep gold with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - biscuity and bready malts, earthy hops, hint of caramel, grains, and citrus.

Taste - Hit right away with the biscuity malts followed nicely by the earthy hops which provide a moderate bitterness. The hint of caramel, grains, and citrus finish this brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the earthy hops.

Overall - An APA with a pleasant malt and hop profile. A minor tweak in the hop bitterness will make this a standout amongst the best APA's out there. Otherwise, a good rendition of the style. Happy to see Steamworks offerings available here in Cowtown.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, with some nice steam-punk imagery on the silk-screened label - and the angel promoting the '10 cents, return for redemption' is amusing enough.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of random protoplasm splatter lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready and mildly biscuity pale malt, crackery caramel, soft muddled citrus notes, ethereal white and black pepper dust, my mom's baking ingredients cupboard, and further subdued piney, leafy, and weedy noble hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, edgy, almost dry caramel, a persistent mixed table pepper spiciness, fading orange and grapefruit rind, and equally over the hill earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is pleasantly moderate, just a meek frothiness for the most part, the body on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, nothing particularly up for transgressive behavior, it would seem. It all finishes off-dry, the mixed malt sweetness, strangely agreeable pepper, and muddled old-school hops playing nicely together.

An enjoyable rendition of the American version of that ol' standby, the pale ale, even if this manifests more on the English side of things, um, all over the place. Not surprising, I suppose, as Lotusland brewers have the bane of being on the forefront of that west coast hop thing, but at the same time exist in a place called British (can't underline here, boo) Columbia, and its attendant heritage and influence, in whatever it is that you're into. Yup, Canadian.

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Photo of ghisty
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

this one im lazy. left it in the can. i know i know. worst way to review beer.
it had impressive foam even for not having been poured.
dissipated fast to an aluminum can with a drinking hole perforated in it.
very innovative,. but still refreshing.

smells awesome. resiny hops. grapefruit tones typical of hops. malts are rich and sweet..but..
as i went to reach for this check out the nose..a fly landed on my hand and i swatted .. knocked over this can of beer. spraying insane amounts of foam and wonderous fountains of quality ale everywhere. which in taste .. i explain further.

i had a few drinks on it before the fly related explosion..and its malty. and bitter.
but has a nice smokey aftertaste and isnt overpoweringly hoppy.. but still the right amount..the hops dont even shine until about 5 seconds after you swallow.. then you get this bitter aftertaste. ..i tried to catch as much of the spraying foam from the knocked over can into my face. it was quite funny.

malty. silky. has a good bitter. and a pretty short run on the palette..
the aftertaste of hops about 5 seconds later is what keeps me going back.

being that this review is slightly odd..straying from my usual pours and non spilling and overfoaming/ flattening a good beer with clumsy hands. this beer seems quite impressive , even after being so mistreated i find myself still drinking the almost flat part of the can after it was ejected into my nasal passages.. its really good.
and im wishing id have bought 2 now.. as the one i did buy is basically ruined.
i WILL buy this again. its a shame to have wasted such an intresting beer.
but..i got a very good impression from the bit i had.. try this one.

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Photo of SamKetchum
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, crispy, and golden. Reminds me a bit of singer beer- it'd go nice with spice and noodles. There is a lovely texture to this beer but it doesn't quite make itself felt. Leaving me feel wonderfully refreshed. Probably best for a summer day by the beach.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle, courtesy of the BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler now available at various LCBOs. One thing I'll say right off the bat is that I love the bottle art & design - and in a style like APA where the alternatives are a dime-a-dozen, that can be an important advantage when attracting new customers. Served well-chilled.

Pours a lovely golden-amber colour, topped with slightly more than one finger's worth of frothy, off-white head that recedes fairly quickly over the next few minutes. Left in its wake is a foamy, uneven cap/collar and a few smatterings of lace - a solid-looking pale ale. Mild aroma, with a good mixture of brown sugar, light lemon/grapefruit citrus, leafy hops and a surprising twinge of vanilla. There's even a slight hint of yeasty mustiness. An interesting bouquet, if a bit unusual for the style.

The flavour comes off as considerably more orthodox, with a combination of biscuity malts and caramel sweetness opening the profile up. This blends seamlessly into some fleeting grassy hops, followed by a few hints of lemon zest and grapefruit pith, and some metallicity/mineral notes in the finish. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel in the mouth that I am a big fan of. The carbonation levels are fairly placid. The bitter finish leaves the palate feeling dry, encouraging quick sips, and the balanced flavours make this an easy task.

Final Grade: 3.79, a B+ grade. Steamworks' Pale Ale is a solid American-style pale ale, and (so far) one of the better inclusions in this sampler pack. Hopheads looking for something that they can session - without stripping their taste buds off and causing undue stress to their liver - should consider this one well worth a try, as it maintains a perfect balance between West Coast hoppiness and the tasty malt bill. Great stuff - I'd consider this up there with Crazy Canuck, Naughty Neighbour, Tankhouse, and a few other OCB staples.

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Photo of mick303
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, poured a generous frothy white head. Colour is a bright clear copper. Looks good with some visible carbonation, nice sticky lacing and film. 4

S – an interesting and intense citrusy note, crisp caramel malts, grapefruit, lemon, light florals and farmhouse textures, bright grainy malt. 3.75

T – full bodied mix of preserved lemon citrus and malts, a salty sort of citrus feel, some pine as well develops. Caramel and butterscotch notes, really dry grapefruit. Bready, with a smooth lemon curd, creamy texture, some nutty dryness and mineral touches on the end. The Cascade hops contribute some nice flavours alongside a smooth caramelly malt body. Finish is crisp maltiness and a rounded mineral character. 4

M – moderate bodied, with a malty and caramel forward body, plenty of soft coating carbonation. Refreshing and tasty. Works really well to bring out the citrus and caramel character and dryness comes nicely on finish. 3.5

A balanced rounded profile and some atypical light estery character make this a quite interesting PA. The hops are nicely balanced and provide a bitter citrus, and thoroughly dry character. Really solid beer and glad I had the opportunity to try it, enjoyable. 4

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Photo of TerryW
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent looking beer, golden amber, short head that settles to a decent film, some lacing.

Interesting nose for the vanilla toffee malt aroma. A little alcohol present, too. Like a lightweight Innis & Gunn. Not so much in the way of hops.

Tastes nicely bitter and grassy from hops. Sweet up front from malt. Vanilla and alcohol carry through nicely.

This is one of two winners out of the BC 6 pack available at the LCBO. A tasty beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of ssmack
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from BC Craft Beer sampler 6 pack.

Clear goldern with 1 inch of thick creamy head that lasted very well and left good lacing.

I was surprised that the aroma was so dominated by the malt considering this is an APA. Vanilla cupcake with caramel icing with just a touch of grassiness.

The malts and hops are very well mixed into a single taste. Sweet grainy malt with critusy hops at the end.

Medium feel.

The malt level makes me want to classify this as an English pale ale. This smooth ale is the best so far out of 4 from this sampler but I saved the best for last.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, light hops, grass/herbal, biscuits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also a bit of a biscuit flavour.

Overall - One of the best from the mixed 6 pack so far. Not really american tasting, but a solid beer for every day drinking.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 355ml bottle. This is Steamworks' other new bottled release and it's a West Coast style pale ale. For a "pale" ale, it pours a rather burnished orange colour. The hoppy nose has bright lemony notes. On the palate there's a lot of bitterness in the grassy, lemony flavours and the malt is a little on thin side. This is crisp and easy-drinking, but lacks a little body.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am transcribing this from notes that I took last summer. Poured on-tap at the Steamworks Brewing Pub in Vancouver, BC, it was served in a pint glass. The beer presents a hazy orange-gold coloring, darker than most Pales. The head is light and frothy, but stays with the beer as you drink it. Aroma of hops and toasted oats. This beer has a strong, malty backbone that carries the slight, steady influx of green hops. Slightly sour at times, and the body is very full and round, with a heavy aftertaste. The finish is strong and bold, and this is a sipper of a beer, but extremely tasty.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Orange copper colored, with a head that quickly diminishes to a thin lace around the glass. It has a mild aroma, with hop vines and a little orange hitting the nostrils. I thought I'd get a good shot of hops here to taste, but instead it's a rather maltier pale ale. It's bready with a little bite of pale malt sweetness. A trickle of hop leaf here, slightly grainy, and don't forget a peck of alcohol. It seemed to thicken up/get a little syrupy at times in the mouth, not my preferred given the context here.

Given the name, I was hoping for more from Signature Pale Ale. But as far as brewpub pale ale is concerned, it's pretty solid.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Gaztown brewpub. A decent pale, well hopped bitter, light golden with lots of lace, and some head. melange of hops makes it close to an IPA as is the trend.Better than their standard IPA.Syruppy, and citrus.You can drink this a long while.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a decent head and lacing.

S - Light toasted grain and some sockiness.

T - A bit of a buttery flavour with some fruit and toasted grain.

M - Dry with a medium body and a too-high carbonation for my taste.

D - Solid dry basic ale. Easy to drink, but slowly (due to the carbonation).

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Photo of francisweizen
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber, dark gold, small white head of foam with adequate lacing. Aromas are of some nice hops and malts in unison, but the aroma seems very subdued to my nose. Taste follows suit, all of the pale ale flavors are there, but they are too subdued. This tastes watered down. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and drinkability is just average. Not bad, just blah.

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