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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
First brewed by Okanagan Spring in 1989, Extra Special Pale Ale is BC’s original pale ale and first craft brand. Clear and copper coloured, it’s fruity on the palate, hearty in hops, and firm in body with a nice dry finish.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tessic (1045) - Brantford, Ontario, - OCT 8, 2012
This Pale ale poured a medium amber colour with a big, frothy, very light tan head. To the nose there are scents of bread, grassy hops and cream. First sip had a deliciously creamy mouthfeel with flavours of caramel and grassy hops. Finish was lightly bitter with hay flavours lingering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bierdimpfe (501) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2016
Slightly hazy dark amber color with moderate activity. Slightly frothy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of caramel, lemon, sweet grains, faint herbal and red ale spices. Unpleasant bitterness. Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, lingering roasted malts and bitter spices. Not very flavorful, a little stale, lacking some freshness. Overall not very well crafted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christpuncher (2838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Pours copper with a tan head. Aroma is malty, hoppy. Flavor is overly malty and sweet. Not very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (7432) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2016
Lillooet, BC - Dina’s Restaurant - bottle. Medium amber pour, slight off white bubbly head Sweet aroma of brown sugar and gumballs. Flavor has some honey sweetness, some artificial citrus bitterness. Thick enough mouthfeel. Rating #24 of 2016 vacation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdleedahl (192) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 9, 2016
Mild on the hops, nice malt profile. Fairly cleanly brewed, but nothing spectacular to say, a very standard pale ale made for the masses. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
UDBeernut (2702) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Had on tap at the hotel bar in Stratford, On. Pours a nice deep Amber, off white head with decent retention. Minimal nose. Taste is malt forward, toast, bread, wet grains, mild flowers on the finish. Medium body. Syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2968) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Pretty decent and Anne liked it. Malt dominated. A bit low on hops but English style and true to style. On tap at Yanks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleRider78 (685) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2016
Poured a coppery amber appearance, sort of reddish hue. The head just went away pretty quickly and has weak lacing. Malty and grainy aromas. Has a pretty good balance of hops and malts in the flavour, with a touch of nutmeg and some spices. Has a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Not too bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChadPoole (322) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
Pours dark copper with a decent off white head. Not much of an aroma. Tastes of nuts and carmel but it’s a bit tinny. Not my favorite from Okanagan spring, I prefer their porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pumpkinhead2 (850) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2016
Bière orangée-cuivrée, plutôt limpide, effervescence plutôt faible, et surmontée d’un bon col blanc cassé, bien dense et mousseux, cotonneux même, et bien persistant. Arômes de pain légèrement grillé, grain un peu rôti, caramel, effluves un peu pâteux et terreux, tourbe, feuille morte, petite tendance noix. Nez correct, complexité et intensité moyenne. En bouche, pétillement plutôt faible sur la langue, onctuosité intéressante au palais, c’est un peu moelleux et velouté. Au goût, pain légèrement grillé, grain un peu rôti, petit sucré (mélange de sucre d’orge et caramel) mais la bière reste moins sucrée que ce que le nez laissait présager. Saveurs de noix, terre, tourbe, feuille morte, léger boisé, branchage… avec un houblon principalement végétal, mais également un peu herbacé et citronné. Finale à l’amertume légère mais tout de même bien sentie, très bel équilibre malt/houblon, belle complexité et bonne intensité en bouche. Ce n’est rien de vraiment extraordinaire, mais il s’agit néanmoins d’une bonne bière…

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YigSvartka (297) - Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Transparent ruby copper hue with negligible head size. Extremely stunted aroma containing mild notes of caramel, cereal, and citrus. Light bodied. Tastes akin to its scent with added emphasis on cereal grains. Mildly sweet and smooth finish. A tolerable premium lager, but an atrocious pale ale.

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