Pasque India Pale Ale | Saint Benjamin Brewing Company

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Pasque India Pale AlePasque India Pale Ale
Pasque India Pale AlePasque India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now waffling between the eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & the CANtinuation of The CANQuest (tm) since I have made signifiCANt strides on the former & the latter dovetails nicely with some upcoming bottles. In the interim, I have enough CANs for a brief brewery horizontal with Saint Benjamin so that will be my next focus.

From the CAN: "Like its namesake flower, Pasque IPA blooms in early spring. This IPA is brewed with Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops for a floral and earthy aroma. Its light body is accented with handful of flaked oats, and a touch of honey for a clean, refreshing welcome to the season."

I got a little carried away with my earlier successes on this one an performed a Crack! & inverted Glug without a moment of CANsideration. Whoops! This raised just over a finger of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a slightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had the earthiness as noted on the label, like a tomato garden in the summer, along with a grassy, piney mintiness. Mmmm. Mmmouthfeel was mmmmedium. Sorry, just being a wee bit silly. The taste was an amalgam of earthy mintiness and a discernible sweetness from the honey. I would have guessed honey even if they had not imparted such on the label. Finish was quite dry, but not overly bitter. This might be a good AIPA for those who complain that many examples of the style are too bitter fore them. I was satisfied with what this presented, but not satiated.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. "Pasque IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 03/30/17" and sampled on 07/10/2017
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Cloudy golden-orange body beneath a short head of creamy white foam. Both the head retention and lacing are limited.

Smell: Limited for the style but clean and pleasant. Floral and fruity, and perhaps a touch earthy and grassy.

Taste: As the aroma suggests with a biscuity malt base, and floral, earthy, piney, and citrusy hops. A stiff bitterness balances it, leaving it a touch sweet, and semi-dry in the finish with just a drop of honey and some floral and fruity hops lingering.

Feel: Medium leaning medium-light in body and gently crisp with a moderate, very fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: A little something different, and a nice change of pace. This is a spring release and its floral nature seems perfect suited to that.

3.75/3.75/4/4/4 = 3.93

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Photo of drtth
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The clear light golden color beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/4" head that slowly but visibly recedes to a ring and a thin irregular layer of foam over most of the surface. Sipping creates some scattered small patches of foam on the side, most of which continue to cling.

The aromas are both floral and earthy with just a bit of malt showing in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but the bitterness is mostly earthy and up front. In the background there's just a hit of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and the carbonation very light but persistent. The finish begins as the malt and sweetness begin to fade leaving only the earthy dry bitterness to close the show. The earthy bitterness seems to almost never disappear.

On the whole I'm glad I had a chance to try out this beer from one of the newer brewery/brewpubs in Philadelphia, but I'm not thinking I'll revisit this particular beer. For me the earthy character of the hops is a bit too prominent and so borders on being slightly unpleasant. This is, however, a fairly well enough done beer that I'll be willing to try a few more from this brewery.

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Pasque India Pale Ale from Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 5 ratings