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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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by dgilks:
Photo of dgilks
2.35/5  rDev -18.4%
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 cam477
2/5  rDev -30.6%

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2/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
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 biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
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 CanuckRover
3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
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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2/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
2.22/5  rDev -22.9%
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 BrazilianAussie
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
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 CurtisD
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Batheinfire
1.23/5  rDev -57.3%
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 DoubleMalt
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Brentster
1/5  rDev -65.3%

Photo of shu
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of LutherBrau
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of headlessparrot
3/5  rDev +4.2%
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 DreamDeath
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of JayS2629
2.1/5  rDev -27.1%
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 mooseisloose
3/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Shiloh
2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
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 thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +10.4%
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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