Randy4Beer (274) - - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not evenly remotely "pale" this one is a deep ruby red in the light, with a thin ever so slightly off white head.
The aromas are a nice balance of malts and hops, with some plums in the mix.
Very similar tastes. A nice bitter finish on the swallow.
Overall, this is far from the best beer from Great Lakes, but as an available all year beer, reach for this before any macros.
gregorymconway (163) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge off-white tan foamy head. Hazy brown body with hints of amber. Orange zest, underripe oranges, grapefruit zest, fresh cut grass aroma. Very subtle toffee on the nose as well. Palate quite bitter with more malt flavors on the tongue compared to the nose. Some bakers chocolate is very softly present, however this is very hop based for aroma. Dry finish. Medium to elevated alcohol. Pronounced bitterness with a long finish. Crazy & impressive to have a beer so heavily hopped on the nose and seem balanced (relatively) with malt characteristics. Could see this being a contender the mad tom for popularity among hop-heads in the area. Pleasure to taste.
lesifflebiere (1371) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Boisson très foncée, brune acajou opaque à la lumière, avec une consistance mi-épaisse, un film de mousse, et un nez passablement houblonné mais de façon charmante. Bouche sucrée, maltée mais les houblons ne sont pas en reste. L’amertume est cependant limitée. Apparence déconcertante, sinon impressionnante, mais les saveurs sont non seulement justes pour le style, elles sont également plus agréables que celles de la plupart de ses concurrentes. Belle réussite.
BrewGoblin (500) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ummmmmm......Pale Ale? I don’t think I need to reread the definition of pale to understand that this ain’t pale. That being said, I have never been one for convention and this beer certainly isn’t either. It’s gorgeous in all of its dark, devilish glory, a ruby brown with a wonderful beige head. The smell is fantastic! Along with citrus, floral, mildly piney hops and caramel there are exciting notes of plums, vanilla, raisins, coffee and nuts. The taste is the same but also brings with it some light, smooth roasted malt flavour. Intensely complex yet remarkably drinkable, a medium body with mid-soft carbonation and a wee bit of oiliness. My new favourite remarkable "regular" beer. Heaven be damned.
Beermack (684) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh can at Porterhouse Dublin (only 6 weeks old). Really deep copper pour, almost like a brown ale, dirty white head. Good pine, caramel, wood, and grapefruit pith on the nose. Big pine resin and thick caramalt upon tasting, rough pine and grapefruit bitterness, some woody notes and earthier spices in there. Bitter finish, bit abrasive. Medium body; if you like malt forward pale ales this could be a top one for you. Not to my taste, but enjoyable nevertheless.
bytemesis (3710) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours clear hazel, large puffy tan head, dissipates slowly, nice clumpy lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, grapefruit, roasty malts, bread, perhaps a note of coffee. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, pine, grapefruit, toasted bread, a note of toffee. Medium body, high carbonation. Nice brown IPA.
manuelMTL (191) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark amber with a thick off white head. Nose is fruity with apricot and grapefruit. Good amount of malt sweetness. Taste is lots of malts that leave a hint of nutty chocolate and caramel in the mouth. Medium long lasting resinous hop bitterness. Some grapefruit notes too. Tasty pale ale!
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark and malty for a pale ale, almost has a hoppy brown feel. i find that the malt over powered the hops, interesting brew but not for me.
HippyHop (308) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer reminds me of a tamer version of Pit Caribou’s American Brown Ale (which itself is a slightly tamer version of the RastafaYan from Noire et Blanche).
It pours awful purdy, though I don’t know why it’s called a pale ale; it could pass for a porter, in a dark bar.
Nose is pine and floral hops with some roasted notes in the background. Taste is caramel, coffee, roasted grain, a hint of liquorice, with nice floral and grapefruit hop nots, ending in a dry pine and bitter coffee finish. There’s something about this beer’s flavour profile that I really, really enjoy, however I will say both the hop and malt profile are a touch understated. This beer has a lot of great stuff going on, but none of it will knock your socks off. Still, I keep going back to it again and again - and at half the price of PC’s ABA, it’s definitely more than half the beer, in terms of quality.
Lowenbrau (2348) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
473ml can from El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. @home 05-07-2014.
BBD: Oct 13.
In short: a harsh dark ale.
Pours dark mahogany copper ??? with frothy off white head. Long head retention, some nice lacing. Maty, caramel, roasty and some alcoholic aromas. Medium body, high carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is unbalanced, high alcohols in there, warming mouthfeel, roasty, caramel. Not at its prime.