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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
1/5  rDev -69.4%

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 kabritz
1.75/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of Whatup14
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of LoveBeerNo7
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of Walkerjgt
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

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 1stOffender
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of SandS
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of KeeganRohovich
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Borgs
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of TheBeermin
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Powers30
2.54/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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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Pale Ale from Okanagan Spring Brewery
3.27 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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