Mile High Pale Ale
Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Wynkoop Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
American Pale Ale
3.59 | pDev: 13.65%
Mar 15, 2020
Jan 04, 2015
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.02/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
62 IBU. 5.5% ABV. Reviewed live as a pale ale per the label.

CAN: Silver and green design. Uninteresting label art. Standard pull-tab. Aluminum. Best by: 02/11/15.

Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Expectations are above average.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. Beige colour. Nice thickness, fullness, and creaminess. Soft-looking, with a supple even consistency and a nice complexion. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is very good - abut 8+ minutes.

BODY: Clear vibrant copper. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not unique or special for a pale ale, but it's a nice overall appearance.

AROMA: Too heavy on the biscuit malt, with an obviously overy done sweetness. Pale malts are prominent. It's too bready for the style; the malts eclipse the hops (the opposite of what you'd want). Crystal malt. Onion, pulpy tangerine, and generic floral hop characteristics. The breadiness is off-putting. It's also soapy - indicative this spent too long in primary fermentation.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Aromatic intensity is average. Overal, I find it off-putting for a pale ale. Not the fresh aroma I hoped for. The hop profile is lackluster, and the malt dominance has me very worried.

TASTE: Painfully simple, with plenty of bubblegum and soapy off-character. Actually, the off-notes brought to the table by the hops eclipse the pleasant notes - which are timid and reticent as hell. Though barely noticeable, that pleasant hop character consists of floral notes, some grassiness, and stale lemon. Biscuit and caramalt overwhelms the flavour profile, ruining it with too much sweetness and throwing it out of whack. Oniony notes don't usually bother me, but they're poorly integrated in this build, which never seems like a gestalt whole. Hops should always dominate in a pale ale, but here they're in the background. Horribly imbalanced, yet also shallow (in terms of depth of flavour).

Flavour duration and intensity are both below average. Lacks any notable complexity, nuance, or subtlety whatsoever. Very disappointing and mediocre.

I can't say I care for it much. I suppose in its defense it does have a loose cohesion.

TEXTURE: Watery, thin, weak, smooth, wet, and unrefreshing, with a poor overall presence on the palate. Overcarbonated to boot. Not the fresh crisp soft mouthfeel I hope for in a pale ale. Needs serious work. It's a bit buttery too, suggesting diacetyl off-character.

OVERALL: I can see why they threw this in their variety box; it just wouldn't sell on its own. Poor work from Wynkoop. I'll be avoiding this in the future, but it's not undrinkable; I'll easily finish my glass. It's just a painfully mundane pale ale with no characteristics that will interest the discerning drinker.

Jan 04, 2015
Mile High Pale Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
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