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Brewed by Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewery)
Style: American Pale Ale
Victoria, Canada

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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A perfect initiation to our range of "real ales," this is truly an imperial product. We employ a hint of crystal malt accentuated by Willamette and Fuggle hops, producing a light, slightly fruity and delightfully aromatic beer.


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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, - OCT 18, 2008
Clear dark amber colour with thin beige head. Floral hop nose. Sweet start to bitter taste with lingering bitter hop finish.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GarrettB (920) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
August 17th, 2012 - Perhaps I should have had the Pandora Ale before the others, but this is, so far, the third in a list of disappointing brews from the Swans Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. Although it is an American Ale, it’s light on flavor. Too light. The wispy body and ephemeral flavors are not unlike the disturbing frailty of the body of Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. There’s a light green apple crispness to the taste at the beginning of the taste, but it slowly collapses and crumples to the ground, leaving a sad, quivering blandness behind. The aroma, too, is faint and ghostly, giving off very few to no scents. Once again, Swans has delivered another underwhelming brew, all the worse for following so many other excellent specimens collected elsewhere in the Northwest.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vadie (523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
Ambrée claire avec une petite mousse blanche. L’arôme du malt un peu sucré avec un petit bouquet d’houblon floral. Le goût est d’abord du malt et du caramel avec un finition légèrement amer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Verbatim from notes 16JUL11 Honey ale with brilliant clarity and no head, no surface foam. Sweet malt and a few eathy tones of hops. Some bland bitterness early with plenty of sweet malt. Super oxidzed. Mouth is a mod to heavy with lighter carb and slick finish. Overall wish there were some better hop applications here. Serving type: on-tap 08-04-2011

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kramer (4694) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Tap. Pours a clear copper body with a small wispy white head that completely vanished. The nose is more caramel malt than hops, overly sweet with minimal floral hops. The flavor is not much different, rather sweet with minimal hops, save for a slight floral note on the finish. Light to medium bodied, a little sticky and clingy with soft carbonation. Pretty blah, and there was a light chemical like note that came out as it warmed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Druid (82) - Wamuran, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2013
Malty, light hop and fruity aromas over a low carbonated golden copper coloured beer. A nice example of a pale ale with good bitterness that lingers. A pretty good beer but very long lasting on the palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Tap. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Medium balanced aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium balanced finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (3021) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Below average pale ale. Slight aroma of hops. Pours copper with a little lacing. Not really very serious of a pale ale. It’s more pale than ale. On tap at brewpub.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WheatKing (1173) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
On tap.Surprised this is an APA, tasted British to me, with a berry hop aroma and biscuity malt, a bit of caramel. The best of the six I tried this time around.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wanja (567) - GERMANY - AUG 2, 2012
Very good taste. One of the best from Swans brewery. Classic Pale Ale taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Fairly standard aroma. Some caramel, a little fruity, some earthy peppery hops. Pours golden amber, thin head. The flavor is lightly malty nd sweet with caramel, a little orange notes, peppery earthy floral bitterness in the finish.


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