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Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
Etobicoke, Canada

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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This is our flagship beer. Medium body, beautiful golden colour, good mouth feel and a refreshing hop finish. We use six selected malts and five different kinds of premium hops. This recipe is secret, but the Pale Ale is very tasty and hoppy.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Nice golden body with a good sized white head, and decent lacing. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with the citrus notes of the Northern Brewer hops sticking out a lot more when it is freshest. A nice tulip glass will aid in bringing out the aroma aas well. Nice smooth medium body. Flavour is pleasantly bitter, closer to the English style really despite the use of American hops, with a healthy does of malt to back it hope. The maltiness seems to have fluctuated mildly with brewmaster changes over the years adding subtle differences. Pleasant bitter finish lingers just long enough. Could use a touch more of the hoppy citrus notes to really be an APA. One of my favorite beers. I enjoy the balance and it is one of the beers that consistently satisfies me.

Check out the cask Hop Bomb editions that show up occassionally for a treat. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2003
Hoppy malt aroma. Medium body with a good malt taste and nive hop bitterness

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
Good solid pale ale, bold hop presence and balanced rounded malty finish. Not a standout beer though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2003
Gold w/ white head. Fresh, leafy, hoppy (cascade) nose. Medium bodied, slightly resiny. Fresh malt flavour w/ nice, moderately bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 On cask. Nice to drink, decent brew. Only if had a bit more unique character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2003 [Rating based on cask version - thanks, Oakes!] I've had this beer in bottles and regular draft in the past, and found it pleasant but unremarkable. On cask, however, it's like a completely different brew. Colour is the promised "beautiful golden colour" with a strong white head and a haziness that makes it look like a Hefe Wiezen. Aroma holds hops, grass and citric notes. The balance of malt and hops in the flavour isn't perfect, but it's close enough to make this a great session ale. I started the evening alternating between this and the Scotch Irish Session, but the last few pints of the night were exclusively Black Oak.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 I just had a chance last night to try this on tap at the Winking Judge in Hamilton. Far better on tap then it was in the bottle. Hops dominated the aroma and flavor more then when it was in the bottle. Which will cause me to rate it higher then the 2.9 from before. BOTTLE: I had a good experience from this brew. Grassy and Hay but not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
hoppy aroma, grassy malt sweetness. bitter hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2002
Hoppy cascade nose. Nice session ale. Use of aroma and flavor cascade hops are delicate.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
Golden color, white head. Faint hoppy aroma, some hay-like notes. Quite bitter, burnt hoppy finish. Not my cup of beer.


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