New England-Style Pale Ale
Blindman Brewing

New England-Style Pale AleNew England-Style Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #349
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,442
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 5.1%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
26
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Blindman Brewing
 
Alberta, Canada
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Photo of Shadman
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Label states a NE style pale ale is hazy and juicy. I'll add delicious to that. From the moment I opened the can and caught a whiff of the amazing floral pine and fruity citrus notes to my last swing of the poured pint I was in love

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Photo of Kentster
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale orange. Has reasonable head that disappears quite quickly and decent carbonation. Smells like fruit and pine, melon notes. Taste lends recognition to fruity, juicy, piney hop choices. Flavour of melon, mango, grapefruit with orange. Mouthfeel is great, finishes with a fruity splash and leaves lingering hop flavours along with it afterward. Overall deliciously refreshing and highly drinkable beer. One of my regulars and favourites out of Blindman brewing.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473ml can poured into tulip.

Pours a lovely hazy bright orange with one chubby finger of sugar white head that leaves a thick sheet of lace as it recedes.

Smells delicious. Mango slices, orange flesh, pineapple chunks, pink grapefruit, passionfruit, melon, mild caramel malt, wet stone, bruised flowers and pine resin.

Tastes of bread crust, orange and grapefruit juice, more mango and pineapple goodness, caramel malt and more grassy, piney hops.

Feels smooth and silky. Hefty medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. The spectacular aroma didn't really come though in the taste for me, but this is still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 473ml can from my local craft beer store. "Juicy and hazy" is the description on the front. I quite like the minimalist design of their cans, yet they list everything you need to know about the beer on it: from OG to the the malts used: Golden Naked oats, flaked oats, wheat malt and Extra-Special British malt. I've been very impressed with Blindman. Looking forward to this.

Pours a turbid (and I do mean turbid) grassy lemonade colour, with a great big styrofoam-white head. Frothy and bubbly. Fantastic.

The aroma at first was straight up mango and orange. The citrus is heavy, man: real lemonade, orange peel, grapefruit and a hint of lime. A ton of sweet fruits here too, occasionally bordering on candy or bubblegum. It's a juice bomb, no doubt about it. Mango, a tinge of earthy spiciness from the grapefruit, green apple, white grapes, plenty of fresh orange and pear. It's a very complex aroma of many different fruits. Exceptional.

The taste delivers: it's a heady mix of citrus and sweet fruits alright. An extremely thirst quenching brew, and with very little bitterness on the aftertaste. The taste can be a little soapy, but not in an artificial way--it's more just all those fruits combined with some nice earthy hop dust. After all the tropical loveliness, there is indeed a great malt underneath it all. Smooth, creamy, biscuity and warming. The beer really does taste like an earthy, biscuity lemonade.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel--this beer could hardly go down easier. I am really impressed by the lack of mouth-puckering dryness in the finish, despite the otherwise heady hop presence with its hands all over this beer.

Deserves the hype. Knocked it out of the park, really. Blindman delivers. Albertans are quickly becoming spoiled for choice.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can. Pours thick cloudy/turbid golden orange - snowstorm in the ale. Aroma is fruity-citrus with pine notes. Hoppy taste but not over the top with backing sweetness of orange, caramel malt and tropical fruit - seems to coat the mouth with bitterness of finish. Love this beer.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great Non NE example of the NE PA/IPA/DIPA style. Love that it is sub 6% ABV, but maintains a strong malt backbone to balance the juicy hop notes.

Cracking the 473ml can you late immediately met with fresh pine followed by clean citrus almost like fresh hop pellets.

Pores a bit darker than expected, as one reviewer described brushed apricot which is spot on. Would look more appealing in a more orangy hue, but has that lovely opaque thick look you expect. Nice cream coloured head but dissipates a bit too quickly.

Aroma remains piney and intensely grapefruit with some slight resin notes.

First tastes are light with a crisp bitterness followed by juicy orange notes. Somewhat thin for the style but very smooth. Fresh grass finish which goes piney and possibly stone fruit as the beer warms, but remains very clean.

I hate to use the term crushable but this juice bomb definately fits that mold.

I know this is selling well and can be hard to find and the buzz is well deserved.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

473ml can, Blindman's apparent take-away from their Troubled Waters collaboration with Bench Creek and Ribstone Creek, i.e. making a NE-style pale ale instead of an IPA.

This beer pours a turbid, almost milky, medium bruised apricot colour, with three fingers of puffy, near-rocky, and filmy ecru head, which leaves a bit of sudsy splotched lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of robust domestic citrus (white grapefruit, orange, and lemon/lime zest), bready and crackery pale malt, a hard water flintiness, and some musty, leafy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a much lesser caramel sweetness, muddled tropical fruit and Florida citrus pith notes, a weak earthy stoniness, and more zingy leafy, weedy, and pinecone-esque verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, as that mixed hop acerbity kind of does a down-scaling number of sorts here. It finishes fairly off-dry, the malt re-asserting itself, while the citrusy, stoney, and forest floor detritus essences scurry about, looking for another place to happen.

Overall, this is a pretty decent ode to the modern pale ales of New England (not that I've had any - they've all been IPAs or DIPAs), with its easy drinkability, and moderated bitterness. Good, good stuff, and as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blindman' latest offering is akin to their Troubled Waters collaboration - hazy, juicy and delicious. This beer looks and smells great - lots of citrus, grapefruit and understated malt. The taste follows the smell, with a trace of hops that appears gradually. This is a truly delicious beer and I hope it becomes part of Blindman's regular rotation.

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New England-Style Pale Ale from Blindman Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 26 ratings