Black Oak Pale Ale | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Pale AleBlack Oak Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pale Ale is a cross between a traditional British Pale Ale and the modern American Pale Ale. We use premium Canadian two row malt, three select specialty imported malts and lots of hops. This brew pours a golden amber colour with an aroma blend of citrus and breadiness. It has a medium body, mild carbonation and a refreshing hop finish. This brew was one of the flagship Black Oak beers back when Ken opened up the brewery in 1999.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been wanting to try this for some time but distribution is limited. Was lucky enough to get a very fresh six pack on a trade. Thanks toqueboy!

Pours a medium golden colour with a white head that settles down rather quick leaving a nice ring of foam at the top of the beer. Smell has some light malts, grass and a touch of pine.. it's pleasant but quite light.

The taste is enjoyable and well balanced. Upfront are some lightly sweet malts and caramel flavours followed by a healthy dose of floral and piney hops. Carbonation is light and gives the beer a smooth cream like feel in the mouth.

Overall, a solid sessionable beer (if I could get more!)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden pour. Medium white head. The nose is subtle with light hoppy notes and floral hints. Taste offers up some great balance between a very nicely hopped beer and a good malt sweetness that lies beneath. The hops seem to creep in a little nore with each sip. Mouthfeel is generally crisp and clean with only a hint of creaminess. Nice long lasting hop-bitter finish without being overpowering or over the top. Great drinkability. I think i could have about 6-8 of these dandies in a sitting. As good as St. Ambroise Pale Ale.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally able to get singles of this in the LCBO.

Poured into a nonic glass. A lovely yellow-copper hue, certainly on the lighter end of the APA scale. About a half inch of respectable white head, which produced a notable lacing effect. Good retention here.

Nose is certainly of the American end of the pale ale spectrum. Grapefruit and floral hop character with a bready malt backing. Quite nice, actually.

Taste lives up to the pre-sipping examination. A refreshingly hoppy Ontario pale ale, with a bold citrus bite and solid malt base. Grapefruit, vanilla, flowers, orange, hop bitterness (pine), bread and caramel work splendidly well together. First rate stuff.

Mouthfeel is lower in carbonation, almost a bit flat, but wonderfully creamy.

Like other posters, I'm glad to see an Ontario brewer use hops to such an end. Although I'm a fan of the british pale ales this province produces, a hoppier APA style was more than welcome. I'll certainly be back for more of Black Oak's lineup!

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Photo of Swedes21
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Apperance - beer pours a hazy amber in colour with a nice white fluffy head. Head is about 1 finger in height. The beer has minimal carbonation and some small amount of lacing is occurring.

Smell - I can smell some hops, slight amount of pine and earthy/wheat tones in this beer.

Taste - not a bad tasting beer, i can taste the hops with a small amount of pine. The earthy tones come through at the end. The aftertaste is minimal, however present.

Mouthfeel - Decent amount of carbonation adds to the hops and pine taste. The pine actually comes through a bit more here than expected.

Drinkability - Very pleasant tasting beer on the hops and pine side. Good for someone looking for a light tasting APA.

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Photo of Atramentous
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, from a trade with tbeckett. Cheers!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden hue, with one finger of fine foamy eggshell white head, which displays an otherworldly healthy retention (apparently supported by a non-stop rising effervescence), eventually leaving some wildly elongated streaky swaths of lace around the glass. It smells of sweet bready pastry-esque malt, some nuttiness, and a nice mellow grassy/floral hoppiness. The taste is sharp, lightly toasted cereal grain, more biscuit-like than bready, and slight notes of tart citrus, pine, and herbal hops. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, smooth, and just a little creamy. It finishes off-dry, the breakfast cereal graininess still sound amid a bit of latent floral/citrus hop character.

A pretty decent, drinkable APA. But it's hard not to just focus on the bubble quotient of this beer - the head actually remained throughout the entirely of the quaff - there are still well-formed suds at the bottom of the glass. Is this maybe something to do with the reverse osmosis water treatment?

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled pale was bitter, with some hops and malty creaminess. Good for an Ontario product and better than average for this style. An edgy bitter with medium mouthfeel, not exceptional but very drinkable with food. Thanks for the fresh samples right off the line, Jercraigs.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear gold, bit of colour darkens it slightly. Nice thin white head with good retension.

Malty aroma, looking at nice bread and a touch of grain. Slightly grassy hop aromas with just a bit of pine.

Nice clean malt all the way through, some caramel flavour, leaning towards English. Crisp finish helped along by piney hops, though not particularly bitter.

This is a good Ontario session brew that's pretty firmly in the Canadian Pale Ale camp with more hops than you would expect from an Ontario brewer. Nice to have on hand.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of randallpink
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of eat
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't pour much head and what little appears quickly fades to the thinnest covering. Clear and light honey-coloured. No lacing.

This smells mostly like freshly made dough. Some faint hops and a little sweetness as well. Not a very powerful smell.

Grain with more hops than I expected. Good slight bitter, dry finish. Very well-balanced.

I really like the feel: nice medium body and perfectly carbonated.

This is a pretty accessible pale ale, an easy transition brew for someone accustomed to the likes of Alexander Keith's. It's pretty nice but a little lacking in flavour for my liking. I wish I could give this higher points for look and smell since it's a pretty decent pale ale. I like it more than the overall score would suggest.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a medium head with average retention. Citrus hops are clearly present and enjoyable in the aroma. Taste of semi-sweet malt with a citrusy finish. Body is on par for the style. Good for the style without being exceptional in anyway.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Yellow, transparent, half a finger of bubbly white head that disappeared very quickly.

S - Interesting nose ofr a pale ale - some bitter citrus and floral hops up front complimented by a somewhat sweet grainy malt backbone.

T - Follows the nose. A crisp bitter hop bite up front with some earthy and citrus notes, followed by a somewhat sweet bready malt backbone. The bitterness from the hops lingers slightly in the finish.

M - Light body, moderately carbonated.

D - A nice crisp and refreshing pale ale but not among the better ones I have had.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for this!

A - Pours a coppery orange color, super clarity, and a finger of white head. Lace was good.

S - Bready, sweet, nutty malts, some citrus notes and some spicy hops/yeast notes.

T - Fairly malt rich, with some notes of toffee, along with a nice bit of herbal, spicy hops and a slight bitter finish.

M - Medium bodies, slick and oily, nice carbonation, smooth crisp finish.

D/O - Drinkability is good, and this is a pretty tasty, slightly unique pale. I'd definitely drink this regularly to put a nice spin on things.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Viggo for this one, still working my way through my CanBIF 3 shipment from this summer.

Pours out a light clear amber, two fingers of frothy white head that eventually subsides to a thin film.

Aroma is a pleasant blend of hops, grass and citrus, that seems inviting.

Holds its own as a pale ale, light biscuity malt gracefully steps aside for the mild herbal hops to take the lead. Still a decent balance between the two.

Easily an accessible pale ale for those starting off in this style, as well as a session ale in the making for those in the know, and one I'd probably reach for if I were a local.

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Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Antilochus
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for a while in the fridge - picked it up in a six at Summerhill LCBO. Poured into a wine glass.

Amber body under a small white head. Good lace. Moderate retention.

Aromas: floral hops, pine resin, cleaning supplies. Spice. Subtly sweet. Gets rather piney, I like. Perhaps too cold yet. Butterscotchy toffeeish malt. Yum.

Palate is well balanced, nice astringent hop character with resounding body. A bit foamy and gassy though. Finish is malty, with plenty of spice too. Some peanut butter in there. I'd like to see a more aggressive palate, but this is still good stuff.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at The Only Cafe. Clear, burnished golden hue that borders on apricot, finger of creamy head and each swirl brings an appropriate amount of soft bubbles.

Nose surprises me a bit as I get the fruity, citrus, tropical notes of an American Pale... wasn't expecting that. Mixed with grassy hop notes and a dash of citrus, bready caramel malt presence.

Unfortunately the aroma hops are much more muted in the taste. Light citrus and tropical, bigger grassy notes with a pleasant light bitterness. Bread and caramel, just the faintest hint of butter. Spot on carbonation but the body is a little thin, especially in the finish. Wish the aroma hops were bigger, this could be top notch. Certainly very drinkable but, overall, nothing too exciting.

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grub for this one. Shared with my wife and the making of the supper (part of it was used in the sauce).

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Remarkably clear, pale gold body with lots of fluffy foam.

Smell: Good helping of hops but the aroma is more floral than bitter. A little reserved.

Taste: Very nice hop bitterness upfront with storng earth overtones. A touch of dryness at the end with a discreet helping of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a rather robust body for a pale ale.

Drinkability: Refreshing and flavorful. I'd have a six-pack of this for sure.

Overall: Too bad i didn't have a whole bottle but this is the kind of pale ale i like. Just bitter enough without being too distracting.

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Photo of OttawaBeerClub
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light, little smell in the nose, toasted grains, mild citrus

Appearance: Very clear, low head, nice lacing, beautiful colour

Flavor: Little bit of hops, sweetness follows, balanced with more bitterness than is suggested in the nose

Mouthfeel: Good moth coating, good carbonation, taste lingers at the back of the mouth

Overall: Very sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of Roke87
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle, slightly chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance- Pours a darker clear golden yellow colour with two fingers of fluffy white head that quickly dissipates to a nice bubbly head leaving lots of lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- Lots of bready malts, fruity and citrus notes in there as well, grassy hops round out the aromas.

Taste- Just like the aromas the bready malts come through and dominate a lot of the palate, it is nicely paired with a hint of the citrusy fruits, as well as a very mild touch of the hops.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with good carbonation, this one is very smooth and refreshing.

Overall- Reminded me more of Rogue’s dead guy ale than it did of an APA, none the less this is still a very good brew and very refreshing on those warm summer nights. I found that the bready malts really dominated the tastes and there were just mild hints of the other notes not really perfectly paired with them. Would drink this one again although it was courtesy of OCB spring discovery pack, I don’t really see this beer a lot at my local lcbo’s.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours slight hazy golden yellow colour with a decent size soapy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some good lacing. The head stuck around for a few minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - hops, pine, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is actually quite a bit of carbonation, lots of bubbles can be felt. The most noticeable flavour is a sort of piney hop. I think I was expecting more of a flavour I would find in a Dogfish Head, or a Southern Tier IPA based on what I had read about it. It's still good, just different. There is lots of pale malt flavour and also breads/grains. It finishes with a pine/hop bitter aftertaste.

Drink - I'm on the fence with this one. It's an alright beer.. I guess I just expected more. There are better beers out there that I would prefer to be drinking.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Viggo courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 341ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, nuts, some spice and citrus. Then a pretty decent hops bite comes in and provides some balance. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a beer that I could drink for a while, but there are other APA’s that I would choose first.

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Black Oak Pale Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 103 ratings