Moosehead Pale Ale | Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead Pale AleMoosehead Pale Ale

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Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by slitherySOB on 01-18-2003

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Reviews by mooseisloose:
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3/5  rDev +0.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
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.
Review# 6,150

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2/5  rDev -33.1%

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2/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
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 LXIXME
3.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev +2%
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 estajoe
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CanuckRover
3.08/5  rDev +3%
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 hophugger
3/5  rDev +0.3%
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 tone77
3.74/5  rDev +25.1%
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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2/5  rDev -33.1%

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
2.22/5  rDev -25.8%
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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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
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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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Batheinfire
1.23/5  rDev -58.9%
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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3/5  rDev +0.3%

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1/5  rDev -66.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of headlessparrot
3/5  rDev +0.3%
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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