49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Never a fan of big name brews, the Pale Ale was probably the first style I tried when I dove into the world of craft beer and for several years, was one of the staples on my lists of favorite drinks. Although my palette has since matured and my fondness for this style waned, I will still fall back to it once in a while when I spot something different. According to literature on the bottle, it's claim states "brewed with the finest organic micromalted Canadian barley, organic hops, pure water, and our signature yeast."
Recent discussions of Organic beers spiked my curiosity on Phillips Brewing Company's "Organic Pale Ale." Unfortuantely, much like its Maple Cream Ale reviewed previously, this too, really lacks any hearty personality or redeeming characteristics to make it an enjoyable brew.
Sold in standard 650ml brown bottles, a quick shake of the bottle reveals considerable large chunky sediment specs, but not like that of Belgian yeast elements, this one presents more a speckled appearance, similar to that of partical board and wood chips.
On the pour, it presents a fairly large rocky head, which disapates quickly to reveal a very think surface froth, considerable lacing and a small tight collar. Visually, the beer is VERY pale in color and more closely resembles a lager or pilsener than that of a Pale Ale.
Aroma wise, it presents a very minute amount of hops and a mellow malt blend on the nose. But doesn't present any sigificant bouquet to enjoy. The same holds true on the palette, with everything being severely muted and accented with a calming malt effect. Aftertaste is very short lived revealing little more than a mild malt effect after a few seconds.
Brewed dated as September 2002.
Too mellow, like a hippie. Yellow. No detectable nose or taste. Unimpressed with this Phillips offering; itís no wonder they put this one permanently to rest.
Amber color. Sour apples and oranges dominate the nose. The palate is sour with apples and cinnamon playing a background role, however the body is a little watered down. The finish is malty and sour.