Point Trail Ale | Keweenaw Brewing Company

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Point Trail AlePoint Trail Ale
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3.82/5
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20 Ratings
Point Trail AlePoint Trail Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Keweenaw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
keweenawbrewing.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rye IPA

Added by Blackop555 on 09-21-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
20
pDev:
8.9%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by mackthknife:
Photo of mackthknife
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've seen other brews from Keweenaw but this is the first one I've been tempted
to try. Here's my basic impression.
Rich copper color
Faint nose with hints of citrus, pine, and faint rye presence
Taste is well-balanced with hops and rye complimenting each other.
Medium body, good amount of carbonation and clean finish.
Not too much info on this one including ABV but I suspect in the 5 to 6% range.
Overall, a very good take on a rye pale ale.
Hope they make it year round.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DruC4
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EN27
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutHunter
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Keweenaw Brewing's Point Trail Ale last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something on the lighter side today and I'm interested to what they can do with this style, so lets see ow it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into an Imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty good, it's got a nice design and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a pretty clear amber color that didn't change when held to the light and it had a fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin a ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart some nice citrus rind and floral hops with the citrus rind sticking out the most and they go right into the rye which impart that signature spicy rye aroma. Up next comes just a little bit of doughy yeast and a slight nutty aroma that goes into the malts which imparts some caramel malt, light brown bread, light grainy, bread crust, caramel and sweet malt like aromas. This beer has a good aroma, it's just what I would expect for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and this time they impart all the same aspects, but there more of a lemon ring aspect this time and it goes right int the rye which is just a little lighter than it was in the aroma, but it still imparts those nice spicy rye aspects. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart all the same the aspects, but they are lighter this time and don't show up as much. On the finish there's medium amount of light bitterness with a hoppy and light rye like aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer, the hop profile works well with the rye.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, crisp, clean, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects I would expect from a Rye Pale Ale and I thought all the flavors and aromas worked well together. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a few of these, especially when it's warmer out. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it was very complex and good. What I like least about this beer is that the malts didn't show up just a little more in the taste. I would buy this beer again when look for a nice and lighter example of the style and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was light, but flavor and it didn't have anything that stuck out as not being true to style. IT's one of the better Keweenaw beers I've had recently and it's a pretty nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a tasty and easy drinking Rye Pale Ale, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep gold. Thick, short, off white head fades slowly with light lacing.


Smells toasted Malt, light Caramel, citrus peel, pine and floral.

Tastes citrus peel, light orange, pine, floral, toasted and bready malt. Finish is dry with a light peppery linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of PackenGreen
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GrandePapi
4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bplabernie
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of manfrombadaxe
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this nice beer from the folks in Houghton.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent new release. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, spicy rye, toasted bread, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balanced and complexity of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, spicy rye, toasted bread, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, spicy rye, toasted bread, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and rye spiciness balance; with zero astringent hop/rye flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a delicious Rye IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshingly easy to drink, with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Never aggressive and not as spicy on the rye as I expected. Nice juicy, vibrant, and lightly dank hop complexity; nice bready rye malt backbone, with mild residual sweetness. Tastes like Columbus, Centennial, and Simcoe hops. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpkrippner
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacStinson
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of George_Glass
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Rich copper color. Faint scent of citrus and pine. Light and crisp. Spicy and complex hop profile. The rye is subtle but discernable. Overall great beer!

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Photo of Grizzarky
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Courtesty of @blackop555

A: clear copper with 1 finger of dense off white head

S: spicy earthy hops, and toasted malts

T: spicy earthy hops, pine, toasted cracker like malts, caramel like sweetness

M: medium to high carbonation, medium body

O: Nice change of pace from a typical hop bomb, hops are plentiful, but still allows the toasted malts and the to really come through.

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Photo of labisch
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peritectoid
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$ 10.50 (Including tax)/six-pack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.146/oz) from local stop ‘n rob, Houghton, MI. Reviewed 7/28/18.
Undated can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried glass coffee mug.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Light amber, clear, slight effervescence.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.4 cm, controlled center pour), medium density, off-white, average retention, diminishing to an irregular five to ten mm ring and a thin complete layer with a few isolated islands of froth remaining after head retraction.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak malt and some spiciness.
Flavor – 4 – Begins with some rye spiciness and a bit of malt, very slightly bitter. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.75 – A refreshing rye pale ale, nicely spicy and lively.

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Point Trail Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 20 ratings