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Moosehead Pale AleMoosehead Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by slitherySOB on 01-18-2003

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 60
Photo of PorterPro125
3.49/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 355 mL Can

A- Pours a clear golden colour topped by a 1/2 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a ring of thin foam. Light lacing.

S- Bread, citrus hops, slightly soapy.

T- Bread, sweet malts, slightly fruity (apples mainly), and an earthy hoppiness.

M- Medium body and moderate carbonation.

O- Not really a lot to offer here besides an easy drinking, non-offensive Macro Pale Ale.

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Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
2.22/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a light golden colour with a one inch thick head which settles to a nice lacing. It's quite hoppy with elements of citrus and grains. Very typical of an american style pale ale, but also with hints of corn and small amounts of detergent. The taste is pretty clean and hoppy with a smooth mouthfeel and medium levle of carbonation.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.49/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

341ml Bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£1):
Light & clear amber with a tiny, soapy lacing around the edges.

Sweet malts & a light toffee aroma with some corn and basic malts. The aroma is subtle and slightly metallic.

Sweet malts and grain with some corn & light fruits but not much else really. There is a slightly musky taste and some earthy hops.

Sweet with a medium body & a fairly thick taste with some stickiness to the beer. There is a light bitter finish and mild carbonation.

Not good. Sweet and quite sticky with not much going for it. The taste was a nice of basic malts and some sweetness but other than that there really wasn't anything going on.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 341ml bottle; no visible BB date. Picked up recently for a song from a local off-licence. The label has a moose on it!

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation and faint floating sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thin surface layer. Aroma of light malt with subtle hints of fruity ale yeast, mild grain and a whisper of stewed hops. Slightly sweet, but not much there.

Tastes of sweet light malt with a mild finish. Hints of fruity ale yeast, tart apples and stewed hops. A whiff of cardboard and solvent in the background. Dry, with little bitterness to be discerned. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent body. Slightly astringent, with a faint stewed hop aftertaste.

Meh - not terrible but pretty bland. It's definitely pale, but the flavour and aroma lack character. Almost a macro lager brewed with top fermenting yeast. Little technically wrong with it, but barely worth the trouble of drinking. Give it a miss.

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Photo of Syl
4.47/5  rDev +58%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the first beer to be branded "Moosehead", it helped define Canada's oldest independant brewery and paved the way to its success since 1867!

Moosehead Pale Ale or Moose "Red" is a full-bodied 5% ABV ale. It's brewed with premium malt and european hops resulting in flavorful smooth ale with a remarkably clean finish.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagery straw gold with stiff cratered white foam that rims. Baguette crust and faint orange on the nose.
Unripe melon and cream crackers up front with vague Noble spice and a hint of tangelo to end.
Juicyfruit finish and mildly drying linger. Crisp, light with ideas of medium, fizzy, slight cling.

My first thought on sniffing was Smithwicks Pale Ale, and it's not far off. Far too light in all respects for anything called "pale ale" (though bang on for American Blonde) it reminds me of the old days when any hint of flavor made a beer quality or exotic. (Genny Creamers, anyone?)

Quenching, but an ale for people who don't like ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with one skinny finger of fizzy white head, which leaves some sparse jagged lace around the glass in its all too short retreat. It smells faintly of sweet indeterminate grain, and very mild earthy hops. The taste is moderately sweet grain of the aforementioned quality, and equally soft and innocuous earthy, musty hops. The carbonation is slightly on the high side of things, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of zingy. It finishes off-dry, a sweet unremarkable pale maltiness mingling with the same musty hops.

While a step above the other macros in this beer-swilling nation of ours, the immediate word associations when comparing this another Canadian APA, like, oh, say, Full Moon, are: 'meh', 'so-so', etcetera...

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Photo of maddmaxstar
3.34/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moosehead Pale Ale

A - Golden Clear colour with an Orange-Amber Hue. 1 finger of head that sticks around for a bit, and pretty good lacing.

S - Mild toffee smell with hints of malt and hops. Smell is not very strong.

T - Mild sweetness, toffee notes to the malt, bitterness is present but is very mild and fades away, with strong hints of corn to the aftertaste. Mild copper-coin taste to the hops, somewhat metallic.

M - Medium-Light body, crisp but not too watery, finishing somewhat dry. Good carbonation. Very refreshing.

D - A Macro Ale that could pass as a Craft Brew. There are much better Pales out there, but this one is nice and refreshing and has some decent flavour, and would make a great session beer, or a beer to relax with on a summer day. I went into this beer expecting a half-baked Macro brew effort devoid of any taste, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of dgilks
2.35/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Far too pale for a Pale Ale, this is basically straw in colour with a tiny, short-lasted white head. Very disappointing.

Very mild, sweet caramel with a touch of earthiness. There isn't a lot here and it doesn't have any of the brightness expected of a Pale Ale. In fact, I'd be very surprised if a top-fermenting yeast has been anywhere near this beer.

Soft, pale malts with a little toasty, breadiness. It lacks a bit of depth and there is no real hop character or bitterness. This is more of a sweet lager than a Pale Ale of any description.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Fine but only because there is nothing here for a body to support.

This is a dull and uninspiring Pale Ale lacking in character and undeserving if the Pale Ale moniker.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale, clear yellow with thin white head, no retention, and minimal lace.

S- Skunk, green apples, caramels and corn.

T- Faint caramels, green apples, skunk, must, corn and water.

M- Thin and watery, over-carbonated

D- Very poor and skunky beer. Drain pour.

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Photo of DerBayer
1.55/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I was not very impressed with this beer. Pours like a Pils (there is nothing wromg with that in principle because I like a good Pils but it s meant to be an ale).

The smell and taste were skkunky sweet and sickly like a gone off Helles.

Mouthfeel was thin and I could not finish the bottle.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canada's oldest independent brewery, lets give it a whirl. Popping the bottle top yields a slightly skunky nutty smell. Pours to a pale yellow with a foamy two finger bright white head. Head recedes slowly and laces slightly. On the taste this beer continues with a nutty like hop taste consistent with the smell. Taste is over all sweet and light, only mildly bitter, more nutty than bitter. Finish is a touch of Saaz hops and a metallic mineral waterlike taste that is not offensive but different. Carbonation is good, sparkly but not over carbonated. Not a bad drinker but nothing to write home about. Would be a great candidate for a tasty lawnmower beer but still cold here in the GWN to try that out.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Always had a special space in my heart for this feisty macro-brewer.

Wish I had a bottle of the lager at hand to compare the colour, I doubt this looks much different. Pale straw, bubbly, short unimpressive head that fanishes pretty quickly.

An almost sickly sweet apple aroma. A corny maltiness. Bleh.

Takes a bit of imagination to put this in the Pale Ale category. But close your eyes and give it a shot anyways. Certainly fruitier than their lager with the aforementioned apples. Slightly dry bitterness, but certainly not standout.

Drinkable obviously. A good party beer if you're looking for an alternative to Keith's for those maritimers dropping by your place.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got an easy two fingers' worth of rocky bone-white head, with good retention. Nose was slightly sweet, more lager-like than ale. Color was a pale, straw yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin with a light sweetness on the tongue. Finish had that same lagerish sweetness that I noted before. P.A.? Oof! Don't avoid, but a 2.

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Photo of Shadman
2.6/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

another macro brewer trying to cash in on the micro-brew bandwagon? Stay tuned.

Looked awfully macro in color, more amber/macro yellow and very clear. Some lacing of note, nothing spectacular here.
Some faint floral 'pale ale hop' is all I could detect aroma wise.

Decent roasted/caramel malt with the afforementioned hop making itself known. Overall decent enough, but someting is off in the later stage stages, something almost detergent-like that didn't sit well with me.

Like other macro pale ale's , this one seemed to sit more on the watery/thin side of the fence.

will spend the extra $1 or so and buy Alley Cat Brew's APA before this one...sorry Moosehead fans, this one isn't my bag baby.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's rather odd to see a Moosehead label on a standard brown bottle, even if the different colours are indicative of a different beer - in this case, a pale ale, which I was long curious to try (though why I can't say, given that I don't really care for Moosehead lager). Nevertheless, as the largest remaining independent brewer in Canada, I suppose we all owe something to the Moose for keeping everything family owned and fiercely Canadian.

A fairly aggressive pour into my pint glass reveals a very light beer, a pale, straw gold - darker than mega-lagers and, say, Export, but nothing especially unique - there is perhaps a touch of orange to the gold shade. The brew is capped by a finger-and-a-half of white frothy head, though it quickly subsides to a few rings with some fairly runny lacing - it appears that what little head there is is mostly a result of the quite visible effervescence. Nothing special, and fairly average for a 'Canadian ale' (though it's technically categorized as an APA, I think this and Export could be neatly put aside in a 'Canadian ale' category).

Smell is fairly strong, though for the life of me, I can't figure out what the strong smell is of. Heavily mineral-y, I suppose, with a fairly neutral blend of malt and hop that leave some crispness and faint fruit notes (apple). Smells quite dry. Some citrus, some grain. No adjunct, that I can tell of, though obviously brewed to be as inoffensive as other ales that do feature adjunct (again, Export comes to mind). The more I smell of it, the more the light hoppiness becomes just a bit sharper. Pleasant, but average.

Taste is also rather average. The best I can say for Moosehead Pale Ale is that it's crisp and has all the hallmarks of a good hot-weather, outdoor picnic beer. However, since it's the dead of winter, that's not really what I'm looking for right now. Heavy carbonation plays on the tongue, flavours of apples and white bread dominate, though there's a bit of nice sweetness and some toasted flavour on the back-end. This one has many lager-like characteristics, and I'd be interested to compare it side by side with Moosehead's flagship lager. Finishes somewhat sweetly, with a macro lager-y sort of aftertaste (I can't quite put it into words). Interesting, but quite middle-of-the-road.

Mouthfeel is also quite average. Heavily carbonated (though not quite so bad as most macros), but I must say that for such a pale little lager, it feels rather heavy in the mouth and stomach. Drinkability is on the high side, because it's so inoffensive, but it does lose marks in this category for the heavy body.

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Photo of biegaman
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another mislabelled pale ale, unless we only count colour. Very limited in all categories, nil aroma, weak mouthfeel and flavour not all too tasty. I would have it if someone offered it, but its another horrbile example in contrast to some fine English pale ales or even Belgian blondes. Somewhere along the way this one failed. Decent enough as something to keep in the fridge I suppose.

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Photo of SchaefMan
3.4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, on tap, when the other choices are Bud or Miller products, this is a really good alternative, in fact, I used to call it the best draft beer available, until I found a place that served Hacker on tap.

In a bottle, I used to prefer it, as it was better than the Big Beers, but at some point, I got a few that must have been light poisoned, or something, and was turned off.

So, I picked up a 12 last week, since I needed something cheap to drink while the Bears blew it, and the Moose was less expensive than Hacker Pschorr.

I was pleasantly surprised, as this 12 tasted like I remember my first.

The appearance was gold, with a white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell was decent, but not nothing jumped out at me.

Taste was decent too, but not remarkable.

Mouthfeel was thin and carbonated.

Drinkability was high because I could put down several in sitting, but I am not going back, now that I have discovered Microbrews and Craft beers.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.05/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a case at the Moosehead Brewery cold beer store in Dartmouth, NS.

Appearance: Pours a light golden colour with a one inch thick head which settles to a nice lacing.

Aroma: Very hoppy with elements of citrus and grains. Very typical of an american style pale ale, but also with hints of corn and small amounts of detergent.

Taste: Very clean and hoppy. This is a great variation of a macro APA. The finish leaves little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, excellent level of carbonation.

Final Statement: I really like this beer. I have been drinking Moosehead Lager for a long time, but haven't been able to get this in the NSLC. It's definately the best beer made by the brewery.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting product but not to my liking. I found this pale ale to be very grainy tasting, heavy on the malts with a corn like aftertaste and aroma.
Apperance was the high point as it arrived a light golden colour, clear, with a two finger crown. Carbonation was light. Nice glass ring and island lace was secondary.
The body was just short of being full but close.

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Photo of PiratePete
3.46/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Locally referred to by some as Moose Red (the label is red); it is the long running ale from the brewers of Moosehead Lager. I've been drinking this beer since childhood. (That's legal in New Brunswick if at home or in a restaurant with a meal and done with the approval of and in the presence of that parent.) This is one of my favourite brews so let me say this - this review is biased. And why not. This is eastcoast Canadian beer and so it is part of my very being. My dad and I sat and drank one of these for lunch almost every Saturday together while I was growing up in my teens.

The ale pours out with a small head that stays - some lacing. A golden colour. Pale Ale has a nice sharp tangy mouthfeel to it. Ever so slight hint of grain in there. Wonderful taste. Slides down hard but hey, who cares.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well now, Moosehead developed a pale ale after all these years. or did they? It a very clear pale golden colour, big snap of head on the pour that fizzles out. Aroma is quite intense, biscuity sweet malt, extract and corn. Rather odd tasting, grainy and husky, practically no hop presence at all. Not quite sure what is going on here, what they are trying to get at. Not much of a pale ale. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, it doesn't go down too easy, quite the challenge to empty the glass. Sits heavy as well. Hmmmm, as Mr. Horse from Ren & Stimpy would say, "No Sir, I don't like it, I don't like it at all."

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.32/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

When on my trip too the beer store, I realized this was something I have yet too try. I'm glad I did. Appearance was pale gold, not yellow I'm so used to seeing. A strong, dark smell. Hint of corn, and a sweet blend of malt and hop. Tasted terrific. Dark and heavy. It felt like a swirl of good water around my mouth, nothing special. Unfortunately, due too it's heavy taste, not that drinkable. A good beer to have when you want to enjoy a good beer. Not a drunker's brew or lawnmower ale.

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Moosehead Pale Ale from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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