Moosehead Pale Ale
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

Moosehead Pale AleMoosehead Pale Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #788
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3.07 | pDev: 23.13%
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada
Moosehead Pale AleMoosehead Pale Ale
Notes: The first brand to bear the Moosehead name, Moosehead Pale Ale rolled off the line in 1933, just five short years after third-generation Oland, George Bauld, discovered the Moosehead name registration in the files at his newly acquired Saint John brewery.

More than 80 years of enjoyment has built this brew a loyal following. A true top-fermented ale with a medium body and floral aromatics, “Moose Red,” as it is affectionately known in the Maritimes, is the beer that built the brewery.
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Photo of MatthewXIX
3.87/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium-bodied, smooth drinking,
Light hoppy and bready flavor. Two finger head that quickly dissipates.
Enjoyable drinking, wouldn't drink more than a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of this from a beer store in Hamilton, ONT whilst there for my son's hockey tournament. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had faint floral hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Medium- dark gold, some tiny floaties, White sticky head with good retention.

Cheap beer smell, some limp malt, corn adjuncts, nail polish, some yeasty bread and sulfur.

Spaghetti noodles and old crackers. Hop bitterness is there to an extent. Acrid finish.

Moderate CO2, somewhat chalky and astringent on the tongue. Watery texture and light bodied.

Picked this up for a bargain-- $6.88 +tax at WinCo Foods in OKC--for a 15 -pack! Now I know why. It is nearly undrinkable. Maybe these were old?

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Photo of Tantonys
5/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spectacular Pale Ale!

Great malt body and nice hops presence.
It doesn't get any better than this!
Nice golden ale.
No adjuncts added.
Single malt.

It is a true Canadian Pale Ale.
Very easy drinking!


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Photo of ChrisCage
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Well this one pours a crystal clear, rich golden color, that starts to border on the coppery tones. The head starts out around 2.5 fingers thick and the eggshell colored foam retains reasonably well, becoming a spider web like structure that stickily clings to the inside of the beer glass, while retaining some thick froth in the other words, the lacing is very decent! There are several columns of carbonation rising to the top in reasonably fast pace, making this look like a handsome Pale Ale overall!

S- Classic aromas that are balanced, leaning towards the malt sweetness rather than to the hop bitterness. Floral notes, blended with yeasty biscuit, slight citrus zest, some dry grassy and/or grainy scents, and the finish comes around again with yeast overtones, this time with more freshly baked bread.....slightly of hop oils to trail off too....

T- Well if it is anything, it is underwhelming in general. Starts off well with plenty of heavy caramel sweet malt, coating the tongue rather well, before turning things over to the the aforementioned dry grass and grain, clean soda cracker, yeasty notes and a clumsy crispness that fills out the finish....muted citrus hop bitterness. Nothing to write home about in this department but I cant say I'm disappointed either.....just not as flavorful as I would have thought for the style.

M/O- I would class this as medium- light bodied, with pleasant carbonation rolling over the palate. The drinkability factor is quite high in my opinion, as it is easy drinking, is thirst quenching and cleanses the palate better than I would have initially thought. Not the best beer out there, but a good offering and a decent recipe of over 85 years! Will get again and worth a try!

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Photo of Suds
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a served from a tall can. It is a pale, clear, yellow-gold colored brew. Thin white head. Grain, grass, and a bit of faint hops in the aroma. Light flavor...balanced and a little grain notes. Not a lot of hops....disappointing.

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Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tastes like a moosehead, I guess. Really wouldn't call it a pale ale as there is a lack of hops, citrus and other elements that are needed to classify this beer as it says it is. Not bad for what it is but not quite to the level that it should be.....

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale light brass with a chunky, foamy head. Clean, grainy malts and minerals in the nose. Light pale malts and some fruity yeast esters in the taste. Faint leafy hops in the back. Medium to light bodied with light carbonation. Light bitterness in the short finish.

Decent malt profile and surprising yeast esters but hops are very anemic. Still worth a try if you like light/session beers.

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Photo of teromous
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the 16oz can: "B23851 09:18"

Appearance: The medium gold body of the beer has very good clarity. It has a large fluffy white head that has outstanding retention. It is a fantastic looking beer in a glass.

Aroma: There is a slightly floral hop aroma to the beer with just a touch of lemongrass scent. There is also a faint sweet smelling cereal grain aroma similar to honey.

Taste: The beer has a nice mix of herbal hop flavor and this faintly sweet tasting grain.

Mouthfeel: It has a moderate body with a decent bitterness that persists through the middle of the palate all the way to the finish.

Overall: It's a decent pale ale with some good aroma and enough flavor to make it worthwhile to drink. It doesn't have a ton of flavor and the mouthfeel isn't crisp but it is still decent enough to drink. I probably wouldn't recommend it or buy it again because it rests right on that "average" mark overall, but if it was my only available beer then I would have no problem drinking it. It would be a good beer to buy for a picnic or a camping trip if you need to grab something quick and it is readily available.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes. LCBO purchase for $2.75 CDN per can.

Appearance- Rich golden color with two fingers of dense, egg shell white head. Very good retention and crystal clear as expected.

Smell - Clean and grainy with a perfumey floral aroma in support.

Taste - Some caramel sweetness. Light grainy flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth, well carbonated and fairly easy drinking.

Overall - It's not bad, but it's not terribly good either. I prefer their lager by a small margin.

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Photo of Radome
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint can.

L - Light golden color and perfectly clear, with a gorgeous, fluffy, white head.

S - Aromas are at a very low level. Low, earthy hops, light biscuit and a hint of yeast fruitiness.

T - Flavors muted like the aromas. Light earthy, herbal hops and extremely low malt flavor of bread. Low yeast note in the back of the throat.

F - Medium to heavy body. Low, prickly carbonation. Very low hops bitterness. No alcohol presence.

O - There is nothing unpleasant with this beer, but it has nothing particularly distinctive about it, other than the nice appearance. An easy-drinking, pleasant pale ale.

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Photo of stevoj
2.64/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can from Boise Co-op. Medium golden pour with nice one finger fluffy head. And that's about as good as it gets. Grainy aroma, wet paper notes.Taste is more of the grains and paper, with a hint of cooked vegetables. Not much different from a lager. American golden ale? not sure if that fits either. Not that good...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moosehead Breweries LTD "Moosehead Pale Ale"
1 Pint can, coded "B23851 08:45"
$1.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I'm glad to find this because I love Moosehead Lager so much. I've never seen this, even on my trips to Canada but I wonder if they don't sell in the Quebec region. Anyway, this has poured a crystal clear golden body beneath a two-finger thick head of white foam. The head retention appears to be very good, and there's already lacing left behind from where it has dropped. The aroma isn't much to talk about, it smells like the same malt that you'll find in their lager but there are some hops, not too many though, but enough for a pale ale. It's sweetish and floral. On to the flavor... unfortunately, but as suspected, the flavor mirrors the aroma. There's not much to write home about here. I wish there was a little bit of caramel to the malt but there really isn't, and I wish there were more hops. I wish they'd used some different hops as well, but I can't fault them for that. And I'll also say that for a pale ale there are still enough to get by. The bitterness is the same, it meets the mark, and it's balanced but it could have a little more oomph to it. It's medium bodied and crisp. Overall it's a decent well made beer but it lacks pale ale character. Even the yeasty fruitiness is limited to some apple, but you can at least tell it's an ale.
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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz can into nonic glass. A 2"+ white pillowy head falls moderately leaving mild lacing. Color is clear light amber with a few streaming bubbles. Aroma is rich bready malts, floral and fruity hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium with an easy, dry finish. Flavor is malt dominate with sweet toasted malt balanced by a mild but noticeable floral hop bitterness. A wonderful session ale, I could drink this one everyday.

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Photo of Offa
3.46/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This only just has become available iin my area and is the first Moosehead beer other than their ubiquitous lager which I have actually come across. I thus had to try it.

It is a decent, basic, but enjoyable pale ale.

Deep gold, it is bright with a huge white head steadily shrinking to thick foamy ring and lots of wisps, a little lace, a nice-looking beer.

Aroma is simple but nice, lightly fruit with hints of hay and bread.

Taste is simple also, a tad basic and generic but with a nice, firm grassy, almost minty bitterness which gently dominates throughout. It has a light minerally quality. It has faint sweetness more evident in the bready aftertaste following the zesty grassy-mineral finish. Feel is nice - zesty and lively, fairly engaging.

Not a great beer by any means, but I think it is rather unfairly maligned here. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Tone
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of adjunct, hint of wheat, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale, barely. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a metallic feel and slight dryness. Tastes of adjunct, hint of wheat, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, an adjunct-centric APA that is light on hops, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of beergoot
3.39/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, somewhat dark golden body; little carbonation but a lasting, fluffy, sticky head. Sweet, caramel scented aroma; a bit spicy. Sweet, grainy flavor; subtle esters; balanced hop bitterness wrapping things up. Medium-light body; a little flat and watery.

A decent pale, perhaps more of an English pale than the currently listed American blonde ale.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 2/23/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of lemon, pear, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of lemon, pear, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, lemon, pear, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good American blonde ale. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Was expected an APA when I bought it. Probably the same malt/hop bill as their lager, with ale yeast instead. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some sweetness. Taste is malts, grains, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied the mouth and overall is a refreshing and solid beer that greatly exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Batheinfire
1.23/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Bought it to try it seeing as a few of my friends love all the moosehead brews, amd well it tastes like nothing. Plain and simple, super boring beer with no flavour of malt or hops, or anything. I'll drink moosehead lager as it's usually the offering when I visit friends but this stuff is junk.

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Photo of DaPan
1.56/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

An excellent example of bad beer made poorly with substandard ingredients. I should be more kind, the can was free. I actually prefer most industrial adjunct lagers over this.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

341 mL bottle from a 12 pack picked up at TBS roughly two months ago - this was the lone holdout in the back of my fridge. Dated Mar 7 2017 and served well chilled.

Pours a clear, effervescent golden-yellow colour, with one finger of resilient white head placed atop; it has a smooth, foamy appearance at first, but takes on a creamier look as it slowly settles out. Solid retention, but little in the way of lace. Looks great, but unfortunately the nose isn't much more inspiring than your typical macro - I'm getting corn chips, gritty/grainy pale barley malts and some bready sweetness - but that's about the long and short of it. It's a very typical macro beer smell, with no real hop presence - not particularly inspiring.

Things don't improve much from there, as this doesn't taste much better than your standard macro fare. A bit cleaner-tasting than the aroma might've suggested, with pale, grainy barley malts being the most dominant facet by far. Aside from that, it's a bit bready, with some corn sugar sweetness followed by an ethereal wisp of grassy earthiness, presumably from the near-homeopathic concentrations of hops used to brew it. Some metallicity in the aftertaste; it's tolerable but still detracts from the experience. Light-medium in body, with relatively assertive carbonation and a prickly, frothy texture. It's easy to drink, but that's the only strong point in its favour.

Final Grade: 3.18, a C+. Don't let the label alterations fool you - Moosehead Pale Ale is the same dull, forgettable, borderline mis-categorized beer that it always has been. But maybe that's too harsh: in all fairness, I find Moosehead Pale Ale to be pretty average by macro standards - roughly in the same neighbourhood as stuff like Molson Export or Keith's. Well, I guess if Keith's can call their flagship product an IPA, then Moosehead should probably be allowed to call this thoroughly mediocre beer a pale ale, even though (as BA has already determined) it's more akin to a blonde ale than any sort of quality pale ale I've ever had.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My favourite Moosehead beer by far. Their original green bottle was the first beer I tried as a teenager. That was good and this is better. This tastes like craft beer. Moosehead is questionable as a craft brewery but if they keep brewing this, I'll keep drinking it.
January 22 2020

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.49/5  rDev +13.7%
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 -27.7%
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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Moosehead Pale Ale from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 98 ratings