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Moosehead Pale Ale | Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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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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Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +28.4%
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 a questionable craft brewery but if they keep brewing this, I'll keep drinking it.

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Photo of Brody1714
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.57/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.49/5  rDev +19.5%
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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2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Grogsky
3.26/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great introductory pale ale for the new beer drinkers of the world.

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3.42/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.4/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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2.62/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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1/5  rDev -65.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

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2/5  rDev -31.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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Moosehead Pale Ale from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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