Chico Pale Ale | Bushwakker Brewing Company

12 Ratings

Brewed by:
Bushwakker Brewing Company
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by saskguy on 12-05-2003

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20oz pint glass.

Clear light amber. An agressive pour yields a thin cap with some soapy bubbles on the outside ring. Leaves a bit of lacing, but not much.

Aroma is an enticing mix of yeast, malt and hops (yes, in that order). Not exactly typical of an APA, but what the hell, it's good.

The hops show up in spades in the taste. Very smooth grapefruit flavour, even the bitter finish is smooth. Balanced by a firm caramel malt with some toasty notes, and the yeast is there too.

Carbonation is low, while body full and smooth. Perfect for the style. Finish is dry, but quite pleasing.

Drinkability is very good. Easy to drink, full of flavour, and oh yeah, did I mention how smooth it is yet?

A hoppy beer, yet it doesn't SMACK you in the face with hops and bitterness. The focus remains on brewing a quality product. When this is available on tap at the brewpub (it is only offered on a rotational basis), it is a perfect match for some of their spicier food selections.

I'm no expert on APAs, due to the limited availability of them in Canada, but this one has a depth and complexity that I have not found in any other (and I have had Sierra Nevada).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Goldorak
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rudge75 for sending me this through CANBIF#1.

Appearance: A hazy shade of orange, with a greying head that held up well.

Smell: Like a bouquet of wildflowers just got pollentated by Bees, all that with a side of strawberry jam. If only more PAs smelled like this!!

Taste: Crunchy biscuit pale malts, just the right amount of carbonation and lingering bitter finish to make this one another winner in my book.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy light copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light hoppy notes with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is not as hoppy as I had expected with a shy dry caramel malt backbone. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I was expecting a bit more hops with more character.

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Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle, labeled "CPA" and 5.8%ABV. sampled july 1/09.

pours hazy orangey amber with a small dense off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. nice fresh citrusy hop presence. slightly sweet orange and tangerine. bit of grapefruit and light pine. white bread and cracker. light caramel.

taste is good. solid whole wheat bread base. bit of cracker and biscuit to round it out. citrusy hops then pick things up. orange, tangerine, bit of grapefruit. touch of alcohol. bit of grain. medium-light bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced. solid and tasty apa. i bet this one would be heaven fresh and on cask.

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber, light tan head, light retention & lace.

S: Very resiny, floral & citrus. Smells like an IPA.

T: Very resiny, citrus, biscuity malt, light spicing, good bitterness. Also leaning towards an IPA.

M: Lower than moderate body, off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, orange to light copper in colour. Beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but recedes to a thin ring with splotchy islands. Spots of lacing stuck here and there to the sides of the glass.

Hops are dominant in the nose. Floral with a hint of citrus and pine. There is a light, sweet undertone of malt as well. While there isn't anything subdued about this aroma, it isn't overbearing or abrasive. Very good aroma representation of the style.

True to the aroma, hops dominated in the taste as well. There is a strong hop bitter bite right off the start. Then after the carbonation prickles the tongue the flavours and variants of hops become evident. Floral hops break through first, then a bit of pine melds in the middle before giving way to the floral hops in a strongly bitter finish. Aftertaste is a lingering and bitter tribute to the floral hops. Less balanced than their versions of English Pale Ales, the only evidence of malt is just before the carbonation hits, there is a quick cameo of sweet malt (caramel? bready?) flavour. It's tough to pin down because the hops just rush right over the fleeting glimpse of malt.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a bit of an oily feel left in the mouth to go with the bitter hops assault.

This is a very good representation of the style. One of the best that I've had. However, too many of the American Pale Ales seem to become too unbalanced and overly hopped for my liking and while this beer gets good marks within it's style, it isn't one of my favourites from Bushwakker.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to markaberrant for the tasty brew.

An amber, mildly carbonated ale. Only managed a 1/2 finger offwhite head, not much for retention, but despite a pretty gentle pour managed to get quite a few yeasty chunks in what would have otherwise been a clear brew. Some very thin and intricate lacings.

Bready, some biscuit, and a touch of caramel. A decent amount of peary esters, and some american style hops, amarillo and cascade according to mark, with notes of citrus and woodier notes of pine. Hints of diacetyl present.

A decent and interesting pale ale, with flavours much like the aromas hinted at. Perhaps a touch more hops would be nice, and cleaning up the diacetyl, but this is an interesting and tasty brew.

Almost favours the slightly bready and chewy malts. Decent level of hop bitterness, and flavour, just kept on gradually building as the beer was enjoyed, but a bit more hop aroma would have been nice. Damn hop shortage. In some ways this brew seems like an interesting hybrid between the traditional and american style, with its noticeable fruity esters and american hops. Chewy malts yet almost light bodied, just another interesting paradox presented by what is typically a straightforward style.

A good and solid example of what a pale ale can be. Drinkable and sessionable. Would make a great brew for introducing a newbie to higher alpha acid hops. Glad i got to try this one.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, courtesy of markabberant. I forgot this one was an APA otherwise I would have had it a bit fresher, send me another one Mark!

Pours a lightly hazed amber, thin white head forms, slowly drops to a thin collar, some lace spots stick to the glass, looks alright. Smell is nice, grapefruit and floral, caramel and honey sweetness in the body, light biscuit, sharp fruitiness, earthy hops, good. Taste is nice, grapefruit and orange peel, floral, nicely hopped, biscuits, light honey maltiness, bit of earthy and some spicy hops, solid bitterness, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very nice and balanced, bet this was killer when fresher. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of saskguy
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had a chance to try this cask conditioned.

This was dry hopped with Cascade. Found it to be a different beer than the ontap version.

Very, very floral. The sharp aftertaste that once existed was totally covered up by the floral flavour of the Cascade hops.

A very good head and nice mild carbonation.

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Photo of aychbomb
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: bright amber colro, beautiful clarity, thick rocky head with great retention and alot of tiny bubbles looks near perfect.

smell: Hops, hops, hops. assertivly hoppy. smells of grapefruit, fresh cut grass with a nice malty undertone

Taste: super hoppy, citrusy. moderatly malty with a subtle roastyness

mouthfeel: medium body, yet has a creamyness to it. highly carbonated, nice dry hoppy finish without being exesevly bitter.

Drinkability: I LOVE this beer. (former)brewer dave once told me this was his tribute to Sierra Nevada. i wish it was avalable year-round, hop heads rejoice.

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Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Great Canadian Beer Tasting, which revealed itself to be very much the little brother of Trephination.

Light amber pour with a finger of off-white head and some nice lace. Pine resin aroma with lots of grapefruit - as Derek said, it leans more to an IPA. To put it simply, taste like it smell - again loads of pine resin and grapefruit mixed in with some caramel and biscuit malt. Bitterer than most APAs I can remember, and as a BFG I'm tempted to change this to IPA. Medium body and carb. A nice all-round package!

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Chico Pale Ale from Bushwakker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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