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Wig & Pen Pale Ale

Brewed by Wig & Pen Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Canberra, ACT, Australia


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A crisp refreshing cask conditioned real ale. The pronounced hop flavour, derived from US Cascade hop pellets and a subtle maltiness combine to purvey a refreshing session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
RafeAU (253) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Hand-pulled English style pale ale. Taste at the Wig and Pen. This was OK, I prefer many other of their beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (1042) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2014
Tasted 6/3/2014. Draught at "Wig & Pen", Canberra. Poured a clear golden amber colour with one- to two-finger white frothy head that retained very well but laced poorly. Carbonation nil. Aroma very nice with sweet fruity hops (possibly passionfruit) with malty under-tones. Aroma is very nice but doesn’t transfer to the taste. Taste of sweet tropical fruits plus a slight bitterness. Light body with a thin mouthfeel. Smooth, light with a long but slightly too bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1362) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2014
Old notes 11/2/09 Draught at Brewery, Canberra Pale gold body, holds a fluffy white head. Nice nose of hoppy citrus peel and guava, with a hint of light biscuity malt. Medium body, decent carbonation. More hop citrus on the body, bit of grassiness, with a backbone of light caramel malt character. Decent bitterness on a clean finish. Decent drop, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1600) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Served a golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of citrus an d s ome malt sweetness. Just a bit of grain in the background. Taste starts with a mild citrus nip, with an easy malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, mild crispness, smooth with a nice texture. Week balanced. Easy drinker, good for a few. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
On cask at the brewpub. Pours a clear yellow/gold, with a small white head. Hops seemed to indicate more of an english pale than an american pale ale. Hops were slightly muted in both taste and aroma, but were complimented well by nice even caramel malt. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjollnir (391) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2010
Hand pump. Pours pale gold with a small head that quickly settles to a ring. Strong aroma of fresh citrusy hops with some caramel in the background. Flavours subdued but quite clean, with a noticeable fresh hop presence. Light bodied, soft carbonation with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Tap. Great taste, quite similar to the IPA but not as explosive. Aroma is hoppy, floral, and caramelly. Flavour has good length, with a sweet start and a bitter finish. Silky in the palate, with a thin-medium body. Amber colour, and a creamy white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2009
Draught at Wig & Pen, Canberra. Pours golden with an off-white head. Big malt and fruit aroma, earthy notes and underlying caramel. Same flavour. Smooth and bitter mouthfeel. A solid pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2008
Tried on tap at the Wig and Pen. Hop characters presented themselves much better than their IPA and as such the beer went down very quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 Draught at the brewhouse. Arrived bronze with a creamy white head which was lasted very well. Great citrus hop aroma with biscuity malts, marmalade, butterscotch (not diacetyl) and mild notes of passionfruit. Flavor was a good citrus hop bitterness with zesty oranges, toffee malts, butterscotch, marmalade, grapefruit (mild) and some resin in the finish. Body was medium, with "still carbonation", a dry texture, creamy mouthfeel and a perfect finish. One of my favorites at the Wig and Pen.

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