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November Gale Pale Ale | Keweenaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MarcatGSB on 05-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,113
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
70
pDev:
14.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 8/22/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and robustness of citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the really unexpected pleasures that I have derived from The CANQuest (tm) is the quality of the graphics when transferred from a paper label onto aluminum. Some went directly to a CAN, so there is no CANparison, but nobody has cooler CAN labels that Keweenaw B.C. in the U.P. of MI. I was ecstatic when I spotted one that I had not seen before while visiting a college buddy in Ann Arbor and then I had to take a picture and get it approved. Here we are!

From the CAN: "The Keweenaw Brewing Company, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was founded with the goal of turning beer drinkers into craft beer lovers."; "A golden pale ale, this beer hs medium malt character, assertive hop bitterness with a distinctive fruity aroma and citrus finish."; "'The infamous storms of November descend on Lake Superior as winter closes in on the region. These powerful gales have plagued mariners from the earliest days of shipping and still garner their fear and respect in the 21st century.' With hurricane-force winds and wave heights reaching 35 feet, Gull Rock Lighthouse (circa. 1867) stands off shore of Keweenaw Peninsula in defiance of a 'November Gale'."; "From a Family of Fine Ales"; "Hand Crafted Beer South Range, Michigan Est. 2003".

I really like hearing a nice, loud Crack! as it inspires me to CANduct an inverted pour, which is just what I did. This netted me two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head that slowly fell, leaving nice, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose had a grassy mintiness. I have to admit that I was intrigued at this point. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a slightly astringent bitterness. It was not hopped to the point of saturation, but it was pushing that upper limit. It finished very dry, somewhat astringent, with a lemony citrus tartness. It was pretty good, overall, but I just think that it could use a minor tweaking of its recipe to make it a little less puckeringly dry.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of stevoj
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Weak and bland pale, watery. Hops swimming around somewhere in the mix. Finish is flat and metallic. I'm thinking they may have extremely hard water up there.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a can of Keweenaw's November Gale Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.39 at The Lager Mill. It's a nice summer night in Mid Michigan and a Pale Ale is sounding pretty good right now, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but this is a new release so I'm sure it's fairly fresh. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the way this can looks, it looks good, and the picture of the waves surrounding a lighthouse looks pretty nice. It poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color that took on more of an orange like color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of patchy lacing. This beer looks ok and pretty average for an American Pale Ale.

S- The aroma is pretty straight forward, it starts of with some pale malts that have a higher amount of sweetness and impart some sweet grainy aromas along with some white bread and biscuit like aroma. Up next comes a unique fruity aroma that is similar to apple juice and is followed by some noticeably spicy and slightly earthy hops. The aroma was ok and pretty unique for an American Pale ale, I liked it more then I thought I would.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma. It starts off with some slightly sweet pale malts that impart some grainy, bready, and a slight biscuit like flavors. Up next comes the hops that impart a slight fruity taste which is a little similar to apple juice and is followed by some spicy and earthy hops that impart a medium amount of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste along with some pale malts and spicy hops. This is an average tasting American Pale Ale, it didn't have any off flavors but it also didn't have any flavors that stuck out as being really well done.

M- Somewhat smooth, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, and it had a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, it's pretty average for an American Pale Ale.

Overall I was pretty indifferent about this beer and I thought that it was a pretty average example of an American Pale Ale, there was nothing about it that was really wrong, but it just didn't come together as well as a good American Pale Ale should. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth and the flavors were unique but they didn't keep me that interested, one or two of these would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty unique for the style and I liked that. What I liked least about this beer was that it was rough around the edges and the flavors didn't come together as nicely as they should have. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's not that hard to find a much better American Pale Ale for around the same price, if you are really into the style this is worth a try for it's uniqueness but other then that it's not something really worth seeking out. So far I have yet to be impressed with a beer from Keweenaw they all seem to be pretty average at best and not that memorable and this beer fall right in line with that, nothing special here, just an average but somewhat different American Pale Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ZachT
4.62/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joe1510
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Can
$7.99 6-Pack
Kap N' Keg - Traverse City

November Gale Pale Ale is translucent with a bright, glowing sunset orange body and mild haze. A modest antique white, soapy cap covers the body while large carbonation rushes to the surface. Some nice patchy lacing clings to the glass. Good looking beer.

Citric hoppiness leads the way in the nose, orange and grapefruit in that order of intensity. The orange is sweet and the grapefruit is just kind of there. The malt profile shows clean graininess, a touch of caramel, and some dry white toast. Not bad, but a little ho hum.

The flavor is similiar to the aroma, a little more robust even. The orange brightens up and is on the sweet side as the sugared grapefruit becomes more pronounced and less muddled than in the nose. Malt profile runs the same, clean graininess, soft caramel, and a little toast.

The weight is on the lower side of moderate and, while this is very minor, it actually feels to light at times. The bitterness is on the low end of the spectrum and the drinkability is sky high.

Overall, November Gale is a solid, no brainer pale ale. This beer won't knock your socks off or wow your friends but it is a sturdy choice as an activity beer whether that's keeping busy on the grill, doing yardwork, or hanging out at a party. I could see myself picking this up again, especially at $7.99 a 6-pack.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wtkphoto
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MNBeer1017
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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November Gale Pale Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 70 ratings
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