Bath Pale Ale
Bath Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
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4.33 | pDev: 0%
Bath Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - no date (first canned batch) - poured into a flared ale glass at 46F.

Pours a predominantly hazy, deep copper colour, topped with a finger of loose, light tan head foam, which slowly recedes to an irregular cap and a large tall collar. Hundreds of slow, fine bubbles ride to the surface. The colour itself looks exactly like a "hazy West Coast IPA", were that a real style.

Nose: This beer has a rather interesting amd pleasant, albeit unusual nose. Aromas of malt that are by no means classic caramel malt, yet also not new-age oat-forawd pale,malt. This is something in between, which ia refreshing unique, and delivers the best of each variety. Both sweet and dry, restrained, and really showcases the hopping, with it's light, clean, lightly toasted honey biscuit-like flavour.Speaking of the hops, there's certainly some traditional boil hopping going on, with wonderfully floral, honey, tangerine, and perfume notes, but alongside some more fruity, "juicy" dry-hop notes as well, yet not super late fermention hopping. We could be dealing with that illusive "next coast"/"hybrid ale style here".

Palate: The malt greets the palate, coming across more traditional/classic caramel, rather than a new-age malt bill. There's some copper hue caramel malt notes which stay in drier territory, yet there's still a clean pale graininess about it. The result is an ever-so-slightly sweet, clean base, which does not overpower the hops, nor vica-versa. As for the hops, they are also somewhat old school. Possibly Cascade, likely Centennial, perhaps Citra, but with lots of boil, it becomes harder to really nails an identification. There are flavours of true pine sap, mandarin orange, a hint of lemon zest, a suggestion of grapefruit, a suggestion of fresh grass, and pure resinous hop oils, as well as a panoply of back seat floral notes of magnolia, lilac, Amazon lilly, and gardenia. Like many classics, the bitterness is resinous, with a slow build, and a late peak, which effectively dries out the finish, leaving a clean, dry, resinous afterglow.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is crisp and fluid. It's on the high end of light, or perhaps the footstep of medium, but the toasty malt, aromatic oils, and dense flavour, there's no chance of it being thin or water. Effervescence is lively, yet fine amd very natural, not once bordering on scratchy, nor approaches flatness. Just a great full, crisp APA.

Overall: This isn't going to win any 2019/2020 awards, but for the scale of this little brew pub, this is a wonderful, well-refined offering, and it's challenging if not outright impossible to dock it for any trait at all. A great little pale ale, blending classic tried-and-true traits, with what many beer enthusiasts look for in a modern pale ale. Looking forward to seeinf where this brewery stands in the next 5 to 8 years. In the mean time, check them out. From big imperial IPAs, to juice bombs and stouts, to their exquisite helles lager, these guys have some very real potential, and I would love to see them suceed so long as they maintain the effort.

Nov 25, 2019
Bath Pale Ale from Bath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1 ratings