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 kevofficiel
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okanagan Spring Pale Ale from British Columbia.

Look: Amber orange color. Lots of carbonation. About a finger of white head.

Smell: Sweet cristal malt. Pin, cinder also, apple, peach.

Taste: Sweet malt, a tiny touch of caramel, apple kind of a cinder.

Feel:The carbonation is so smooth, remind me of a stout, . Medium body. Goes down really easy. Very soft.

So overall would I recommend it? Sure this is a well made beer. !

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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 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 Tommo
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The aroma of this beer is disgusting. On draft in banff. I cant identify what the smell is, but whatever it is i couldnt tolerate it. The hops they have chosen do not taste good, at all... Beside that its way to malty for a pale ale. 8 bucks down the drain.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.67/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy dark amber color with moderate activity. Slightly frothy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of caramel, lemon, sweet grains, faint herbal and red ale spices. Unpleasant bitterness. Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, lingering roasted malts and bitter spices. Not very flavorful, a little stale, lacking some freshness. Overall not very well crafted.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2.49/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's not offensive. However, there is very little going on with this beer. It has very few beer like qualities and resembles water more than beer.

Still, it's a step up from a macro.

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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 safaricook
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

English style pale ale with a delicate flowery aroma and a slightly caramelly malt backbone and a somewhat minerally, sharp bitterness. Light body and a little overcarbonated for the style (at least from the tab at the Mariott in Downtown Toronto)

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Photo of Bunman3
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall, there is nothing wrong with this beer. It's been a staple of the Spring lineup for as long as I can remember. It looks fairly good, has a very faint aroma, and like many of OK Spring beers, is a bit thin in the mouth. The flavor is certainly pleasant - just enough malt and hops to make it "above average". It's not a beer I would actively seek out, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down, were it offered to me.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Received as part of a gift pack for a birthday gift.

Appearance - clear rich golden color with some amber hues. Few visible bubbles and a small one finger white head with mediocre retention. No lacing left behind either.

Smell - mild mealtimes with a slight sweet vega give hoppy funk. Not unpleasant but not nearly as crisp almost pale ales. A little bit macro- ish.

Taste - an adjunct like sweet corn flavor followed by a brief earthy hop flavor. Some tea like characteristics in there. Not what I'm looking for in a pale ale.

Mouthfeel - a little flat on the plate and on the tongue, thin bodied and a bit watery.

Overall - a mediocre pale ale that has more macro- ish charactistics than just about any other playable I've had.

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Photo of Tyler_V2
2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer didn't do it for me. It's not a bad beer, but I don't think it's anything special, and when it comes to personal preference, it's not for me.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass, snagged from a mixed pack. This pale ale is a coppery brown color with a decent amount of biege foam, maybe two or three inches upon initial pour. Aroma evokes some dark bread, musty grape, hints of citrus rind (mostly lemon). The malts are more assertive on the nose than the hops. Ditto on the palate. Initial taste is dark crust, some caramel, nut shells or old rancid walnut meat, dusty white peppercorn, lemon and watermelon rind but these are particularly subtle. There's a hint of hard candy fruitiness and some peppery spice but surprisingly little hop flavor for an APA. Rather tannic as well, with some grain husk emerging in the dryish finish. Highly carbonated and on the thin side for the style. I don't know, I am not sold on this one (or this brewery for that matter). It is too malty and in a coarse "cheap lager" way, and the hops are OK from an earthy bitterness standpoint but rather lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of iSip
2.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Okanagan Spring Pale Ale: Well, this beer missed the mark for me. I expect a bit of hops from a pale ale. I admit that may US pale ales are brewed in IPA territory, too hoppy. But still, I need some. The Okanagan has a dark color for a pale ale, a deep tan. Good head and little aroma round out the presentation. Nice malts up front and a clean finish, but where are the hops? Not a bad drinking beer, so try it when you are next up in BC.

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Photo of decimator
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear copper with a thin head that was quickly gone. No lacing.

S - Caramel malts, some fruity notes, mild earthiness in the the back.

T - Caramel malts, hints of fruit, mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, lightly syrupy, dry finish.

O - A bit better than your average macro beer but it's still pretty plain for the style.

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Photo of Serge
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper body very nice crown on top. Light sweet caramel aroma with floral hop hints nothing to special extremely mild but pleasant. Light crisp taste some astringent but good, mild to weak malts are tasty just not enough power behind them. There is a bitter hop finish but with no real hop flavour, I guess I can taste some citrus in the after taste. Good light beer to sit back and drink if nothing better is around.

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Photo of mick303
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a nice full copper brown, with strong carbonation and about two finger head, which is jut off-white.

The nose is quite fruity, also picking up a lot of malt. Nice bit of kick, sort of light toffee apple.

The taste has got a nice body of caramel malt, with apple fruitiness. Balance from the hops is alright, if understated. Drinks quite nicely, good flavour intensity but something feels like its missing.

Mouthfeel is alright, mostly carbonation though. Some dry malts to the end. Generally light bodied, and the aftertaste is malty and a bit stale.

Easy to drink, quite refreshing. Has some assets but could improve to make it more impressive, no glaring faults, and has a good amount of malty character to it.

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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 smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a large 20oz pint glass (god these things are huge) at le Feu Sacré in Quebec City.

Amber red to orange body, quite clear with a solid off white to caramel head. Some cola carbonation from the sides, but mostly a nice streaming crawling pin head bubbles. Not bad.

Nose is quite dry and bisquity. Fruity esters of slight cherry, with a good balance. Smells fairly inviting surprisingly.

Palate mixes most of what is expected on the nose. Toasty malt body with classic ester fruit. Mouthfeel seem rather ordinary but tolerable, with about medium carbonation. Some density in the palate but big on yeast it seems.

Overall this really reminds me more of an English style. It's alright you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a copper hue with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Earthy hops, hint of lemon/citrus, slight nuttiness.

Taste - Nice balance of earthy, fruity, and nutty flavours. Leaves a pleasant light bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little watery, but still nice body.

Overall - An enjoyable APA by Okanagan. I like that it is lightly hopped. Also quite enjoy the nutty hints of flavour. Not something I would drink sessionally, but still better than the macros out there.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not an inspiring "American" styled ale and without any hint of hops that I can discern, but would probably serve as a good gateway for a macro lager drinker into a world of better brewing / quality ingredients?

Bright amber colour with decent head and lacing - looks appealing. Mouthfeel is light, but carbonation level pleasant. Aroma is uncomplicated and simply of sweet caramelized malts. This translates directly into the flavour, which doesn't have a lot of complexity either. Not a hint of a "west coast" or "c" hop to be found - more disappointing given the brewery's geographic location.

Not a beer I’d purchase again unless choices were truly limited.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One finger head in a pint glass, this is a copper amber brew with decent retantion and good lacing. It is relatively clear and a decent looking beer.

The scent is malt and caramel and stale biscuit with little in the way of hops for the style.

The taste follows the nose with some bitter hops coming through, light fruit, and mineral funk.

Relatively light bodied with plenty of carbonation, there is a stale dry mouthfeel although it is still easy drinking. It really reminds me of a weak english pale ale or worse a lager.

This is one of those brews that is better than the macro alteratives in a pinch but not worth seeking out with decent alternatives.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a copper color that is crystal clear and with lots of carbonation rising to the top of the glass. The head isn't super impressive, being about a finger thick at first, and settling fairly quick into a patchy ring over top the brew. The lacing looks very good, as lots of soapy bubbles cling to the glass, and stay there too!

S- This smells very similar to an English Brown, with sweet toffee like malt goodness hitting the nose immediately...and the sweetness continues with some banana esters, and some other various dark fruit. Outside of this, I don't detect any hop presence that has any substance so a little disappointing in that regard.

T- For an APA, I find this very sweet without any bittering balance. The primary flavor is all malt....gooey, caramel flavors with just a hint of bitterness at the end of the swallow....right on the back of the throat. I don't find the flavor offensive or anything, but I just don't feel that it represents what the style should be.

M- The carbonation is plentiful and palate scrubbing. As far as the body goes, I'd put it right in between lite and medium, and probably lean it towards the medium side more. The aftertaste is what really makes this malty beer feel like I was eating melted toffee prior to this drink.

O- Overall, I don't mind this beer, but I just don't think it represents the style well. I'd drink this again, but most likely will not buy it. Add some more hops to the recipe and I think we'd have a winner here, but I will say that this is nothing more than a slightly above average beer in a broad sense, but it doesn't stand out.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 2/11/11

A clear light copper with lots of bubbles feeding a short lived two finger cream colored head that laves a few patches of lace

S fruity leafy hops and a little toffee, a slight metallic smell reminds me of a handful of pennies

T not far from the smell but with a little rye bread and less metal, there's more toffee and its a little more earthy

M medium bodied with lots of bubbles almost turning it to foam but just right, a slight aftertaste lingers faintly

O basic but decent, not going to excite you in any way but easy enough to drink

brings me back to my younger days when I could smell this stuff being brewed from my mothers house, it smells better after its been brewed but still not going to amaze you

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Photo of Long813
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours clear golden body with some bubbly head and lacing.

S: Decent amount of malts and grainy hops. Pretty generic.

T: Some notes of malt and straw grain. Not the greatest taste.

M: Lightbodied with load of carnonation. The grain aftertaste is horrible and made it hard to drink even one glass.

D: Not impressed, the aftertaste was not sitting well with me.

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Photo of timtwoface
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I grew up always appreciating this beer, but when I moved over to favour the microbrew movement, this one got left behind. It is definitely not the best pale ale on the market, but of the mainstream brands in my neck of the words, I still appreciate it and find it fully drinkable.

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