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


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RATINGS: 162   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2003
Thick head. light amber. Nice hop aroma similar to an IPA. Lasting head and lacing. Strong hop flavour. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2003
I hate it when you get an APA and the aroma is hoppy and then you taste it and you are overwhelmed with malt. Completely unbalanced and not complex in the least. Very overcarbonated, with a golden appearance and a quickly fading soda like head. Finish is akin to pine-sol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Woohoo, 4th american to rate this! Golden pour with soda head. Aroma is musky and hoppy, like dirty malt with good hops. Flavor is a turn off with a bad piney aftertaste, not the good hop kind but a bad one. Finish is terrible, leaves the taste of wet monkey in your mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2003
Amber colour with a quickly dissipating white frothy head. Caramel and citrus aroma. Honey and caramel notes quickly overtaken by a perfumed bitterness. Perfume lingers a bit too long, losing the bitter touch and becoming somewhat unpleasant. Otherwise enjoyable, with a medium to full body and maybe a touch of stickiness. Thanks again, Jeremy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7812) - 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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6470) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2892) - 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.

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