Pale Ale | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Clear and copper coloured, it is fruity on the palate and hearty in hops with a nice, round finish. We are honoured that Pale Ale continues to be BC’s most popular craft brew.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2003

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Photo of OpIvy
4.89/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my daily drinker. I am very surprised at the low score this beer has, but I think I know why.

Okanagan Spring's Extra Special Pale Ale is very dependant on the medium it is consumed from. The on-tap stuff is quite literally terrible. It simply loses it's real taste, smell, and feel. Most noticeably, it inherits a sour yeasty taste.

The canned version is also sub-par gaining a very slight metallic taste. Much more noticeable than other canned beers. Much better than on-tap but definitely not in it's true form.

To fully appreciate this beer, it must be consumed from a bottle. It has a slightly sweet taste with a beautiful aroma. It isn't overpowering, it's actually quite mild. It has minimal head and consists of a fairly pale amber colour.

Great beer in my opinion. Not an outgoing beer. But definitely a nice relaxing daily drinker type beer!

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Photo of Phenyx
4.68/5  rDev +43.1%

Photo of Vylo
4.53/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kitaka
4.22/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boo-urns
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Methodd
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not an APA or Pale Ale of any sort as far as I can tell. If I were to rate this as an APA I'd have to give it a failing grade. If I were to rate this as an Amber or Red Ale I'd have to say it's pretty darn good. I like this beer and from now on if I buy it again I'll be buying it as an Amber. It's got a nice amber color and produces lots of off-white head and leaves little to no lacing. Carbonation is moderate with very little after taste. They really should rename this as an Amber or Red.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourite daily drinkers. I have a nostalgiac attachment to this beer since it is what I was drinking when I met one of my mentors for my chosen career(Pilot).

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a nice one finger head that disappates quickly.

Smell: For a Pale Ale the hops are not as pronounced as others, but the maltiness makes up for it. It smells pleasant and drinkable.

Taste: To borrow a line from Will Farrel: "Scrumtralescent". Slight sweetness from the malt backbone and a nice, albeit, quite subdued hop presence.

Mouthfeel: A little fizzy, but it fits the beer. Around where I live this is one of the staples of most bars so it is the standard drinkable micro beer.

Drinkablility: Well in the summer, this is probably my favourite beer. I can polish off a sixer no problem when laying on the beach or watching an airshow( ;), inside joke). Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.07/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, amber-copper in colour. Light beige head is 1/8 inch on the pour, but quickly reduces to a splotchy, thin cap.

Aroma is a nice, lightly hoppy scent with undertones of malt and fruit giving it a subtle sweetness.

Well balanced and easy to drink, things start off with hops in the foreground on the swallow and hints of malt in the background. Finish is balanced and even with both hops and malt making an appearance. Aftertaste is lightly bitter, with sweet-ish undertones.

A light-medium bodied mouthfeel nicely complements the light-moderate carbonation.

Although this beer is placed in the American Pale Ale category, I think it is a better example of the English Pale Ale. I have found that typically the American style is hoppier and crisper, while the English is more balanced and displaying more malt. This beer certainly won't blow your socks off, but I'm not certain that this style is capable of doing that. Instead of challenging your tastebuds, this pale ale is nice, easy going, well balanced, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Beer Store for $2.50 can. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a high off white head that lasts for nearly 5mins before film out. Super nice dark gold colour and filtered clear

S- Super malty. Nice hops. Nice brew.

T- Like an APA gone wild. Super thick and rich sugar malt bomb. Nice blend actually. Nice break

M- Thick and rick. Nice brew

O- I .like it. Going to have more in the fridge for summer even though it's heavy. Have one at night by the fire

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with my.... BBQ hamburger!


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Photo of BrewAskew
4.02/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick head that lasts and laces. Dark copper. Aroma is bready, grainy and biscuity. Flavor is malt forward and most definitely not anything a contemporary US reviewer would call an APA. Call it an English or Canadian pale ale. Mouthfeel is good. Very good pale ale in the classic British/Bass tradition. I loved it.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper apperance with medium head that sticks around for awhile, decent lace. Has a carmel, grain smell with a hint of malt.

Taste is overpowered by malt and carmel. Small hint of brown sugar And grass. Very earthy taste overall. Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering maltiness.

Overall, a this is a decent and well rounded pale ale. Nothing spectacular or bad, just good to drink. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of papawu76
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Rlombardi75
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of NV9
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery colour, somewhere between amber and red. A finger plus of foamy head that has good retention.

Scent is dominated by caramel malts, bread and faint fruit and hops

Lots of malts and hops in the taste, a bit of fruit mixed in the taste as well, giving it a fruit finish.

Lots of carbonation and a medium body, a little watery and very, very drinkable.

A nice APA with lots of flavour that goes down well.

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Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MalcolmJames
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Subliminal64
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of HATS4BATS
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Vyronian
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.74/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper almost rust colored with deep malt notes and crisp to the pallet. I had this as a 22oz draft beer while in Ontario. The head was very small and dissipated quickly. Paired well with Buffalo Hot Wings.

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Photo of ZachT
3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bryehn
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now re-branded as "Pale Ale" and sports a completely different look than currently listed. Says it was first brewed in B.C. in '89 and recommends a serving temperature of 9-11C.

Nice honey-copper colour with a big tan head that leaves a moderate amount of lace and settles as a long-lasting collar.

This really reminds me of the two 40-50s-style ales McAuslan from Montreal makes. Extra sweet, overripe fruits, toasted malts, a smoky woodiness. Sort of chalkiness. Honey comes through after warming.

Quite sweet. Lots of malt with a decent dryness. Nice buttery note in the finish. Hoppy crispness/tartness comes through long after it warms. Definitely tastes best warm.

Malty, yet crisp. fairly low in carbonation, but the long-lasting film creates a nice creaminess on the back-end.

Would make a better modern red lager/amber than a "pale ale" that most people these days associate with a hop blowout, however this is a pleasant old-school North American take on the style. Maybe a bit pricey to be a regular, but could be a hit at dinner parties with less, but somewhat adventurous buddies tired of Kieth's.

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Photo of Tford
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer looks more like an ale than a pale ale, it has a nice golden-brown colour.

S: Hmm, something interesting is going on with the smell, it’s quite complex. I can make out malts, and maybe fruits.

T: It tastes hoppy and fruity and it has a not-too-bitter aftertaste. Unfortunately, it tastes watered down, it would be excellent otherwise.

M: It has a medium body and medium carbonation; it feels creamy and crisp.

O: This is nothing horrible but nothing that great either. I would put it on par with macro “pale” ales, but it would be much much much better if it weren’t watered down.

PS. How does this have a lower rating than Okanagan Spring’s 1516 Bavarian Lager? I disagree with everybody’s opinion but my own.

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