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Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
okspring.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
182
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
24.46%
 
 
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 182
Photo of Highbrewer
1.16/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had it on tap. Appearance is okay. Smell is next to nothing. Tasted sour like it had some kind of bacterial infection. Waiter said it was supposed to taste like this.

Any more effort for this review is a waste of time. This beer sucks.

To the brewers: Try a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale if you want a decent example of this style. Maybe they tried to achieve a Belgian-type sour APA? Don't know, but the experiment failed. Why is so hard to get a decent ale in this beer wasteland of Canada.

I could not finish this beer. I don't think I've ever sent a beer back. Just terrible.

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Photo of DunkelFester
1.64/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brought this twist-off bottle back from a recent trip to BC (was part of a 12-pk sampler).

Poured into a pint glass a decent looking golden orange with a nice, foamy white head, but that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma: Bland, is about all I can say. Hop aroma is nearly non-existant.

Taste: Bah! This is a really weak pale ale, and there's nothing 'Extra Special' about it. Has more in common with a bad macro lager than an ESA. Light-struck skunkiness, despite the dark brown bottle.

Mouthfeel: coarse graininess. light to medium body.

Drinkability: ? This is a tough one. I suppose if I liked it, I could drink a few, but this bottle was bad enough that I had no desire at all to finish it. As such, I had to give it low marks for drinkability.

Note: Had this on tap at a friend's bachelor party. Several pitchers went down without much complaint from those in our party. On tap, it's drinkable if nothing else is available (as was the case for me), but it's otherwise utterly unremarkable and I'll be sure to steer clear in the future.

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Photo of Shadman
2.26/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Liked their helles lager and liked it so let's give their pale ale a go...

Good looking copper colored ale with a decent head that receeds into a nice foam ring around the glass. Not much in the way of lacing. Smells faintly of spicy fruit..but it's not easy to tell. Taste is a big let down...very faint, almost sugary malt and some hop bitterness, but mostly just fizz from the carbonation..mouthfeel is very astringent...not digging this at all...

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Photo of Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale, minimum fizzy head. Carbonation like soda. Metallic and dry, with minimal hops. Not finishable, a drain pour. More corn than malt, a drop of fruit but overridden by mustiness, and yes I did detect some brown sugar.
The whole thing is feh. Mediocre effort.

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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 tommy78
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer at a local provincial liquor store in Vancouver. Poured out of the botter, and the appearance was a copperish color. In terms of aromas, the beer lacked a smell. I couldn't pinpoint a specific aroma after sniffing the beer many times. The taste is average. I really couldn't pick out a fruity or corn taste that other reviewers had mentioned. As for drinkability, I wouldn't recommend having more than one. If you can finish one off, then you are my hero because I couldn't.

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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 cyrenaica
2.61/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on April 5, 2011 after purchasing a 6-pack from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a tyranbsulcent copper colour with a 1" light brown head. The aroma was floral hops and grainy malt. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was grainy malt with some residual sweetness that didn't sit well with me.

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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 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 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 shamus
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Pale Ale, but I do not love this. There is something tinny and rubbery in the flavour of this bottle. it looks fine and has a nice foamy head but it's lacking in the hops and malt departments so really that makes some kind of beery water. Too bad.

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Photo of liamt07
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Fanatics in Kingston, served in an imperial pint.

Pours a clear amber with a dense white head, mild retention and leave some spotty webbed lace. High carbonation visible in the body. Nose is almost nothing, some mild hops, plain pale malt and some grain. Taste is similar, some general sweetness, grain, plain malt and some odd red apple notes. Medium high carbonation and a lighter medium body. An easy drinker and unoffensive, but truly unexciting and definitive of mediocrity.

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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 Antilochus
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it at the Alex P. Keaton in London, Ontario. On-tap, in a Okanagan Pale Ale branded pint glass. Nice.

Pale amber, almost nonexistent head. Moderately dry, not nearly enough hops for this style. Metal, something a bit off about it. Still, I found it decent. Perhaps because it was on tap. Sweetish finish. I find these bland APAs have too much abv given their flavour profile.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper or dark gold colour. Bright. Mild carbonation. Half finger off white head fades to a cap fast. No lacing but the cap remains.

S - Caramel, toffee, some gentle earthy hops. Fruity malts.

T - Tobacco, some slight earthy hops, grain and caramel. A little soapy. Something seems unsettled. The aroma was much better. If this were listed as an English version of the style it would work, but as an American one it has too little hop character. Grainy and sweet for the most part.

M - Decent carbonation with a medium body. No bitterness. Overly sweet I think.

O/D - A miss for the style and not overly interesting either way. Not bad but not worth seeking out. Run of the mill.

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Photo of chickenm
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color with a thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. This had very little aroma, with a tiny bit of caramel sweetness and some faint floral hops. The taste again is fairly mild and bland with caramel malt and a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is decent with a medium-light body. Overall this this isn't too bad of a beer, but it's boring with very little character.

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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 beerguy101
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale Amber color. Small head. Aroma is fruity and spicy. A medium bodied pale ale. Malty and slightly sweet, slightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Smooth taste, full flavor. Finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Nice crisp, refreshing beer.

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Photo of EatsTacos
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, poured a clear copper with a two finger head and not much lacing to speak of.
The nose was very faint, some hops but mostly malted barley and grainyness.
The tatse is very crisp and clean, mostly herbal hops and slightly bitter. Good balanced beer and refreshing. The mouthfeel is medium to low and the carbonation was high and crisp.
A pretty mediocre beer, nothing to complain about.

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Photo of Barraclou
2.99/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a very dark golden colour with some white head.

Smell: It doesn't said much to me, except it got faint hops aroma.

Taste: It is so average. It tastes beer, but it is so generic. Sad for a so-called craft beer.

Mouthfeel: It is ok, but a little too carbonated.

Drinkability: It is sad, because I was expecting a little more that what I got from this craft ale.

Edit: I bought that single bottle at that grocery store on Ontario / St.Hubert corner (near the bus depot) in Montreal. I don't know how come it arrived there, but I am always happy to see western canadian micros making the way down east.

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Photo of canucklehead
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the best selling non-macro beer in BC and I have very mixed feelings about it. One one hand it is very drinkable with a good balance but on the other hand it is boring and safe. This beer represents all that is wrong with BC craft brewing; safe amounts of hops and no attempt to challenge the drinker. I don't this beer but I feel it represents an unability to progress like Oregon and Wash.

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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 DoctorStrangiato
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - copper, as the name suggests. A moderate pour created a 1/2 inch soda-like head that subsided quickly. Some surface bubbles remain as a result of the high carbonation.

Smell - sweet, creamy malt aromas with the slightest detectable of cotton candy, believe it or not. Fairly gentle nose with just a hint of alcohol.

Taste - some active sweetness up front that gives way to a modest taste profile of sweet malt and a fading finish. Subsequent tastings suggest a near-fruit flavour toward the end.

Mouthfeel - on the whole a little too active and lacking balance. Goes from peppery to an extended sweetness - not a great segue.

Drinkability - nothing wrong with this brew but not the best and nothing special either. I've enjoyed a few and likely would have it again if offered.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Meh.

I tried to bring the wife to a new brewpub in Laval but when it seemed too much like a dive--we redirected to an NDG pub with good food but mediocre on-tap offerings.

This was the least offensive available: A golden appearance with slight head (could be barkeep's doing) and no lacing.

Smells of graininess and honey.

Not too complicated taste: roasted grains and light maltiness--very little hop action. Slick after-taste.

A perfectly acceptable hot-weather patio beer--pair with hot wings.

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