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Sunday, November 3rd 2013

RecreationAle
(Terrapin Beer Company)

Terrapin's first canned offering, RecreationAle, is a sessional American Pale Ale that makes for a great beer anytime of year. When introduced to the market back in May, this was a brand new beer for the brewery

From the Terrapin Brewing site:

“Wrap your hand around a can of our RecreationAle and explore what outside life has to offer.  This hopped up session ale is specially formulated to accompany you on all of your outdoor activities.  Pack in this flavorful ale and pack out the memories while enjoying this quaffable brew.”

Here we go...


Pour - dark golden to amber in appearance with an off-white head on top. Clean pour, looking forward to this one. 


Aroma - Floral, citrus, and grassy hops. Plenty to entice one to stick their face in their glass.


Taste - Lovely hop presence with notes of citrus and pine. Flavors are nicely balanced with plenty of character despite the low ABV. Refreshing, crisp and hoppy. 


Overall - Hoppy and drinkable.  A perfect session pale ale for a day on the water or in the woods. RecreationAle is a great way for Terrapin to introduce cans to their lineup. Easy drinking and sure to please most palates. 


Note -  The word Terrapin is an Algonquian word for turtle. The brewery is actually named after the Grateful Dead album Terrapin Station.

 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company
City: 
Athens, Georgia  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal 24, Victory
Hops: Bravo, Centennial, Zythos, Amarillo, Galaxy (Dry Hop)
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: ???
Date: November 3rd, 2013

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Friday, August 2nd 2013

Field 41 Pale Ale
(Bale Breaker Brewing Company)

When it comes to brewery locations its tough to beat that of Bale Breaker Brewing Company. The brewery, which began canning a few months ago, is located right in the middle of a hopfarm in the Yakima Valley. This certainly makes access to super fresh hops a non-issue! 

From the Bale Breaker site:

"Don’t be fooled by the powerful hop aroma of Field 41 Pale Ale. This perfectly sessionable, but generously dry-hopped, Pale Ale drinks easy with a smooth bitterness and is named for the hop field that is home to Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect beer for a day on the river or afternoon on the slopes."

Here we go...


Pour - golden color in appearance, clean and clear, with a big sticky, resinous white head on top. Looks like a beauty coming out of the can. Let's dive in...


Aroma - wow, this is a potently aromatic American Pale Ale. Huge amounts of citrus and pine really stream out of this with reckless abandon and would have any blind beer lover thinking they're about to set upon a big, hoppy IPA! 


Taste - the aroma lends a ton to this pale ale when it comes to flavor. Not too bitter and certainly ligher bodied than an IPA, but the aroma presents a ton of citrus, pine, and grapefruit notes. A nice, subtle malt backbone is there to make this balanced. Hard to beat this APA, it definitely hits all the marks.


Overall - we might have found our go to pale ale! If only we were closer to this brewery. As they say, location is everything. This is a super sessionable pale ale with huge hop aromas but without the astringency of a big boozy IPA. Great debut from Bale Breaker and now we look forward to their Topcutter IPA!


Note - Bale Breaker Brewing Company was started by fourth-generation hop growers and siblings, Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, and Patrick Smith, and Meghann’s husband, Kevin Quinn. It is located in the middle of hop field #41 on their family hop farm. The "41" in the brewery logo and in the name of this beer is a nod to their roots. According to Meghann Quinn, "three acres of Cascades in field #41 were sacrificed in the name of craft beer!"

 


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Field 41 Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Bale Breaker Brewing Company
City: 
Yakima, Washington  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 38
Date: August 2nd, 2013

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Saturday, May 11th 2013

Glutenberg American Pale Ale
(Brasseurs Sans Gluten)

The Glutenberg brand of gluten-free beers is produced by Canadian brewery Brasseurs Sans Gluten (BSG). The Montreal-based brewery began operatins only last July but has received a number of accolades for their gluten-free beers. Their American Pale Ale won a Silver medal at last year's World Beer Cup held in San Diego. 

From the Glutenberg site:

"Most likely the first gluten-free beer in the world that presents such a hopped character, our American Pale Ale is the true flagship of Glutenberg beers. Its citrus and caramel notes, coupled with a mild bitter finish, come together in perfect harmony."

Here we go... 

Pour - dark honey, golden to auburn in appearance with a solid inch of foamy white head on top. Looks good coming out of the can and the head sticks around nicely.

Aroma - pleasant floral hop aroma with some caramel and molasses notes. Definitely smells on par with the style.

Taste -  wow. This tastes like an American Pale Ale! The malt backbone is there with a nice subtle citrus and floral hop flavor. Slightly dry in the finish with a very noticeable hop kick and a bit of a peppery, spicy flavor. Not going to lie, we're pretty impressed by this gluten-free offering. It's refreshing, blanced, and quite tasty. 

Overall -  it is not easy to make beer without gluten and those that do make gluten-free beer are also challenged by the fact that most folks who like beer are expecting a certain flavor. We are happy to say that this is a very good American Pale Ale, with or without the gluten. Great hop presence, balanced, and leaves some pucker on your lips in the finish. Well done! If you're gluten intolerant you'll want to give this one a try! We'll have to seek out the others they make and put them to the test as well.

Note - BSG is the second brewer to make gluten-free beer pacakged in a can. The other being Nevada's Joseph James Brewing Company which released their Fox Tail Gluten Free Beer in cans in 2011. 

Glutenberg currently cans three gluten-free beers, a Blonde Ale, an American Pale Ale, and a Red Ale. They are currently distributed only in Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. 

 



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Glutenberg American Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten
City: 
Montreal, Quebec  
Country: 
Canada  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Millet, Buckwheat, and Corn
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: May 11th, 2013

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Thursday, April 25th 2013

River Runners Pale Ale
(Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery)

River Runners Pale Ale was the gold medal winner in the International Pale Ale category at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, an event that led to the eventual canning of the beer. The name comes from a whitewater rafting company on the Arkansas River with whom the brewery shares a friendship and mutual love of rafting and kayaking. 

From Eddyline:

"River Runners Pale Ale, which has been crafted by Eddyline Brewery in Buena Vista, Colo. since May 2009, captured the International Style Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival"

Here we go...

Pour - light golden to start color in appearance with almost an inch of foamy head on top that leaves some nice lacing as it settles.


Aroma - a combination of fresh, grassy, citrusy hops and sweet malt. Love the fresh hop aroma, it really is enticing. There are some slight tropical fruit notes here as well - pineapple and papaya perhaps.


Taste - the first thing that hits the tongue is the sweetness from the malt, its tangy and bready and immediately mixes with the citrus and tropical flavors from the hops. What you get is a very well-balanced pale ale with a good dose of both aroma and bittering hops as well as a malt bill to handle it. A nice tangy, bitter finish leaves the tongue a bit dry and thirsting for more. 


Overall - you want easy drinking and plenty of hops? Here you go. River Runners is a well-balanced pale ale with plenty of hop aroma and flavor along with a solid malt backdrop.  Even at 6% this tastes very light on the palate and comes across as a lower ABV beer. Good thing it comes in pint cans.

Note - if you, like us, are a fan of the design for the River Runners Pale Ale can you can thank Paul Moline for being the artistic talent responsible. You can check out more of his work HERE

 


River Runners Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery
City: 
Buena Vista, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, El Dorado
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 25th, 2013

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Monday, April 1st 2013

BaCANated Dale's Pale Ale
(Oskar Blues Brewery)

Oskar Blues continues to impress us with their neverending ability to have fun while brewing outstanding beer. We didn't need any more proof of this...and that's when a package arrived containing two cans of this extremely limited release. "BA-CAN-ATED" Dale's Pale Ale is just what it sounds like...the company's flagship beer brewed with bacon and lot's of it apparently. We were big fans of their oSKAr the G'RAUCH Smoked IPA so the idea of a somewhat smoky pale ale sounds very intriguing. Let's crack this open and see what it is all about.

From the Oskar Blues site:

"Why mess with perfection? Why not? We took the time-tested recipe for Dale's Pale Ale and added something special into the mix. Using a process we call Ba-CAN-ation we've brewed up a batch of our Dale's Pale Ale with the addition of over 40 pounds of premium Colorado bacon. A little smoky, a lot hoppy, and altogether unique and delicious. Once you've given this a try you may never again feel the same about getting your Vitamin B from any other source but from your beer!"

Here we go...

Pour - pours a lighter shade of autumn with decent carbonation and a slight tint of brown. The head is fairly wispy and thin and perhaps that is from the oil in the bacon? Nonetheless it still looks pretty good!


Aroma - wow. Talk about a combination of aromas! You've got the strong hoppy aromas mixing with a decent amount of smokiness and even hints of meaty savory goodness. 


Taste - one sip and we're happy to say that our tongue is attempting to give a thumbs up, its too bad that tongues don't have thumbs. The first flavors that hit the tongue are all of this bitter, citrusy hops which are followed by a wave of sweetness and finally the smoky, savoriness of the bacon. It's almost like it was aged on bacon...wouldn't that be amazing. As this warms a bit the smokiness comes out a bit more and is very well supported by the grain bill of this beer. This is better than good. Its bacon good. 

 

Overall - this is not a bacon bomb by any means. The combination of hoppy and smoky is done extremely well and done so with an already existing well-built American pale ale. The generous malt backbone of this brew provides a sturdy frame with which to support both the citrusy hops and the savory smoke. Very happy we were able to give this one a try! 

 

Notes- BA-CAN-ATED Dale's Pale Ale cans feature a hand-painted bacon design and only a couple dozen were produced. Most of the beer was apparently consumed before it ever got to the canning stage. If you believed anything you've read here you should also check out our review of Oskar Blues' TwenTeny Triple Imperial Stout! Cheers!




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Ba-CAN-ated Dale's Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
City: 
Longmont, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 65
Date: April 1st, 2013

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Tuesday, February 12th 2013

Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale
(Tin Roof Brewing Company)

Today is Mardi Gras and what better way to celebrate than with a can of craft beer from Louisiana. Voodoo Bengal is the Tin Roof Brewing's third canned release and although they aren't in New Orleans, the brewery is located in the state capital of Baton Rouge, the entire state celebrates Mardi Gras not just the Big Easy! Cheers!

From the Tin Roof Brewing site:

"American-style pale ale with layers of intense flavors. Generously hopped, this brew draws on pale, honey and caramel malts to provide the perfect balance between bitterness, aroma, and malt character. Pairs well with anything spicy…especially crawfish, gumbo, and jambalaya."

Here we go...

Pour - dark honey, amber in appearance with a half inch of off white head. Clean looking pour with solid carbonation levels. 


Aroma - bready and biscuity with some caramel notes. Hints of faint citrus are also present. 


Taste - the first thing that hits the palate is wave of malt sweetness which is balanced nicely by the citrusy hops. Fairly light-bodied but very much full-flavored. The finish has a nice bite that is crisp and pleasant on the tongue. 

 

Overall - a little more on the malty side of the pale ale spectrum and leaning perhaps towards that of an amber ale. Irregardless, this a very easy drinking pale with plenty of flavor from both the malt bill and the hops. Love the can design as well - bright colors and a great "voodoo bengal" motif on the back of the can.

 

Design - like the other cans from Tin Roof, Voodoo Bengal's design was done by Unreal out of New Orleans. It follows the idea of a simple, two-color look which takes advantage of the natural aluminum. The reverse of the can features features imagery of a tiger voodoo doll.  

 

Note -  Tin Roof Brewing Company is the city of Baton Rouge's first craft brewery. The brewery opened its doors in 2010 and began canning shortly thereafter. 

 


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Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Tin Roof Brewing Company
City: 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Honey, and Caramel
Hops: Magnum, Palisades, Glacier, and Cascade
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 37
Date: February 12th, 2013

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Monday, October 8th 2012

Hipster Ale
(Evil Twin Brewing Company)

Nope, this is not a 16 oz. can of pseudo-industrial lager bearing the name of one of your grandfather's favorite breweries which has long since closed and whose name has since been bought purely as a marketing tool. Nope, Hipster Ale is none of those things. In fact, this 12 oz. can is brewed by a couple of guys from Denmark who originally  had bottled a very similar brew with the name Williamsburg Hipster Ale - a reference to the uber-hipster land of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (ranked as the 3rd most hipster neigborhood in America - see below)  - and exported it to the US. Now, these brewing nomads have brought their beer-making prowess stateside and brewed and canned this at South Carolina's Westbrook Brewing Company. Word is that more Evil Twin beers will be in cans soon. Stay tuned...

 


Hipster Ale gets canned at Westbrook Brewing Company

From the Evil Twin site:

"Perhaps you heard of a worldwide beer-movement that tributes favorite hipster neighbourhoods across the globe. First came Istedgade, Copenhagen then Södermalm, Stockholm followed by Williamsburg, New York and Shoreditch, London accompanied by Trastevere, Rome & last El Raval, Barcelona. If you feel excluded because you’re hip but your city is not, this cutting-edge, ‘hip without borders’ pale ale is an homage to you – the global hipster. Cheers!"

Here we go...

 

Pour - orangish-red and almost raw and unfiltered looking. Great looking head on top that slides down into the abyss while leaving some lacing along the inside of the glass. 

 

Aroma - huge amounts of fresh hops, like having your faced smashed into a big pile of them. No exaggeriaton. This smells heavenly. Plenty of caramel maltiness in there as well. This almost smells like a beer that is twice this strong - perhaps a double IPA or American barleywine. I think we're in for something special here.


Taste - wow, how is this not an IPA and how is it only 5.5%? My tastebuds are completely fooled and confused. This drinks much bigger than its ABV and packs a serious amount hop flavor and bitterness. Loads of fresh, resiny, piney flavors mesh with those awesome notes of pineapple and mango. 

 

Overall - I still can't get over the ABV and hop presence of this beer. In a blind taste test I'd put this up against plenty of my favorite IPAs for sure. So much fresh hop character, nicely balanced, and still packing a very satisfying bitter finish. Nicely done. Perhaps hipsters are on to something...


Note - perhaps you're not familiar with this whole "hipster" thing, or perhaps you are and want to learn more. Here is a nice write up that will explain all you need to know about hipsters - and how to be one if you're so inclined. How to be a Hipster in 22 Steps (including photos)!

 

Also, here is a list of the Top 10 Hipster Neigborhoods in the US thanks to Huffington Post. Cheers!

 

10. Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA

9. The Uptown, Oakland, CA

8. Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

7. East Austin, Austin, TX

6. H Street Corridor, Washington, D.C.

5. Pearl District, Portland, OR

4. Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

2. Mission District, San Francisco, CA

drum

roll

please...

1. Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

 




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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing Company
City: 
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: October 8th, 2012

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Tuesday, August 21 2012

Hoopla Pale Ale
(Boulder Beer Company)

Hoopla Pale Ale is the newest canned release from Boulder Beer Company - Colorado's first microbrewery. It's also the first time they've canned anything other than their flagship Hazed and Infused which was launched a couple years ago. It represents a collaboration between Boulder Beer company and Kyle Hollingsworth - keyboardist for the band The String Cheese Incident. As a homebrewery Kyle was sick of seeing people at festivals and shows drinking average beers. This was an attempt to put something better in their hands.

Hoopla was canned with the help of Longmont's Mobile Canning - a mobile canning service that has helped quite a few breweries in Colorado with their canning needs. Its hard not to love the can design here and of course be intrigued by this summer offering of pale ale-ness. Cheers!

From the Boulder Beer site:

"In search of the perfect festival beer, our Boulder Beer brewers and Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident and an avid homebrewer, joined creative forces. Imagination and improvisation flowed freely, and Hoopla was born. Hoopla Pale Ale is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing."

Here we go...

Pour - golden honey in apperance with a big fluffy white head on top. Clean looking beer and definitely enticing.

Aroma - floral hops with some light fruit aromas, almost like melon, along with some caramel from the malts and some toasty or bready notes.

Taste - grassy, citrusy, floral hops stand out in the first sip with a good amount of biscuity sweet malts backing things up. Very smooth and soft on the palate and very easy going down. Bitter on the tongue in the finish with some apple and pear notes. This is they type of beer that has a flavor profile that would appeal to a lot of different types of beer drinkers.

Overall - I can definitely taste what they were going for with this beer. Its light and refreshing with some definite hop flavor and good body while also being fairly sessionable - even at 5.7% - for a day at a festival or a long concert. Not a bad beer by any means and a good candidate for some time on the beach or some summer camping.

Note - you can learn more about Hoopla Pale Ale by checking out the Boulder Beer site. Also, below is a video that shows Kyle Hollingsworth at the brewery brewing up the first big batch of Hoopla Pale Ale. Very cool. 


Kyle Hollingsworth and the making of Hoopla


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Boulder Beer Company
City: 
Boulder, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Glacier
ABV: 5.7%
IBUs: 35
Date: August 21st, 2012

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Saturday, April 21 2012

Boji Blue Pale Ale
(Okoboji Brewing Company)

Okoboji Brewing Company is a brand new brewing outfit located in the Iowa Great Lakes Area between West Okoboji Lake and East Okoboji Lake in the town of Spirit Lake. They've canned four of their beers so far with the help of fellow Iowa craft brewers, Great River Brewery in Davenport. 

From the Okoboji Brewing site:

"The pale ale is a true American beer, traditionally brewed with American style hops and malt. Light amber color with a full body feel and a crisp finish. The American style hops add fantastic aroma with a balancing bitterness that will please a “hophead” while allowing a great entrance to bolder beer for those new to craft beers."

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark amber, chestnut in appearance with some orange and red hues. A very nicely formed white foamy head sits atop this beer and plenty of lacing is present. Looks mighty fine coming out of the can.


Aroma - caramel sweetness, orange peel, biscuit/bread dough aromas along with some hints of floral hops and lemon poundcake.

 

Taste - first sip and its very apparent this is a beer with a solid malt backbone. Plenty of malty, caramel sweetness is there with some orange and lemon citrus flavors mixing with a bit of floral hop flavor and a lot of biscuity/bread dough. Reminds me a bit of some of the English Pale Ales I've had and I rather like it. Easy drinking with no major surprises but also no character flaws. Solid. 

 

Overall - great beer. Very solid malt character with some nice bitterness and floral hop aroma and flavors. I like the toasty flavors that are followed by the citrus ones. A great pint of beer and a nice introduction to a brand new brewery.


Note - Okoboji Brewing is in the process of building a brewery and taphouse in Spirit Lake. This year they'll be the top sponsor of the "30th Annual Walleye Weekend" and they recently sponsored the 2012 University of Okoboji Winter Games - the second largest event in the state of Iowa behind only the Iowa State Fair. We look forward to hearing more about this brewery in the future.

 


the first four Okoboji Brewing cans released



Boji Blue Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Okoboji Brewing Company
City: 
Spirit Lake, Iowa  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Centennial and Cascade
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 45
Date: April 21st, 2012

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Wednesday, April 11th 2012

Mountain Livin' Pale Ale
(Crazy Mountain Brewing Company)

One of two new canned releases from Edwards, Colorado's Crazy Mountain Brewing Company (the other being their Lava Lake Wit). Mountain Livin' Pale Ale has a can design that truly showcases the area in which this brewery calls home and is one of my favorite designs out there. I'm pretty excited to finally get the chance to crack one of these open and try it out. Cheers! 

From the Crazy Mountain site:

"We utilize two types of American hops in such a way that we put the flavor of these hops center stage and let their bitterness fade into the background. The hop forward character of this beer is represented not in its bittering qualities, but in the unique, fruit forward flavor of two new and somewhat experimental American hop varieties. Enjoy this beer with a fresh approach to how a Pale Ale expresses its inner hoppiness."

Here we go...

Pour - caramel color in appearance, almost dark enough to look like an amber or even a brown ale. Big bubbly head on top with some tiny bubble streaking upward. 

Aroma - sticking a nose in this and finding some brown sugar, cake batter, grapefruit, lemon juice and tangerines. Definitely some uniqueness in the aroma of this pale ale.

Taste - toasty malts up front with a citrusy, slightly bitter kick that lingers. That fist sip is a bit of a teaser and the second one really pushes that hop profile more and the sweet, caramel and honey malt flavors are diminished a bit. The tropical fruit and citrus flavors takeover as each sip fades into the one before it. A little different than some of the other pale ales we've tried but in a good way. 

Overall - very solid brew from Crazy Mountain. I was a big fan of their Amber Ale and sort of the way that bands have a certain sound, Crazy Mountain brews their beers a certain way. It's hard to explain but there are some similiarities between their Mountain Livin' Pale Ale and their Amber Ale. We're fans of their beers for sure and the artwork on their cans is fantastic. Looking forward to trying their Lava Lake Wit. 

Note - Crazy Mountain gives 1% of proceeds from sales to Vail Mountain Rescue which is a non-profit group of volunteers that are "trained and prepared to respond to any type of back-country emergency." 

 


Mountain Livin' Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
City: 
Edwards, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: April 11th, 2012

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Sunday, April 8th 2012

Jessie's Garage
(Revolution Brewing)

Revolution Brewing is the nation's smallest brewery that currently cans their beers. At one point they put some of their beers in 12 oz. cans in-house but are now working with the folks at Mobile Canning to get their beers out to the locals in 16 oz. cans. The brewery, located in the small town of Paonia, Colorado, is housed in a former church. This 4-barrel brewery pumps out a number of different beers using local hops and malts as much as possible. We're excited to get to try some of their stuff and want to thank Mike out in Colorado for hooking us up. Oh yeah, we don't know why this beer is called "Jessie's Garage", perhaps someone will read this and fill us in. Cheers!

From the Revolution Brewing site:

"Our pale ale is made with 2-row and crystal malts, and topped with copious volumes of Centennial and Marynka hops for floral aromatics with a hoppy bite."

Here we go...

 

Pour - nice dark auburn or chestnut color with a subtle head on top. Very clean in appearance with a dark honey like color when held to the light.


Aroma - the aroma of this pale ale is just fanstastic. It's malty with that caramel sweet fragrance with hints of citrus from the hops. There is a bit of an essence of peat, like a scotch ale might have...but perhaps that's crazy talk. Great aroma from a beer well brewed.

 

Taste - that first sip is soft on the palate with some great toasty, bready malt flavors with hints of honey followed by a small wave of bitterness and citrus flavors of oranges and lemons. If you like your pale ales leaning a little more toward the malty end of the spectrum and not trying to jump style lines into the IPA category than this is a beer for you. Well done. Cheers!

 

Overall - this is the type of beer you'd be happy to order again and again and then try and talk your friends into trying. A great pale ale that isn't going to fatigue the palate but will provide a lot of taste and great balance. We'd love to visit this small brewery and try this, and all of their other offerings, on tap while listening to some live music. 


Note - This Revolution Brewing, located in Colorado, is not to be confused with the Revolution Brewing Company located in Chicago. They are two very separate and unique breweries. Although, by year's end they'll both be producing canned beer.



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Revolution Brewing
City: 
Paonia, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: 2-row and crystal malts
Hops: Centennial and Marynka
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 8th, 2012

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Saturday, March 24th 2012

Saranac Pale Ale
(Saranac Brewing Company)

Saranac's flagship Pale Ale first appeared in cans a couple years back. They've since added 16 oz. pints cans as well. One of many, many styles/brands that the upstate New York brewery packages, but one of only a handful that makes it into cans. 

From the Saranac site:

"A beer that would make the English jealous! This true English Pale Ale is rich and fruity, yet finishes crisp. You'll love the copper amber color and medium body."

Here we go...

Pour - absolutely gorgeous pour. Nice bold, bright amber color with a big, thick off-white head. This pour is clean and looks great. I am impressed. 

 

Aroma - toasty malt, a little honey along with some fruity sweetness. Not a lot of aroma, mostly light caramel malt.

 

Taste - brown sugar and malt, a bit light in mouthfeel with some grassy components along with hints at lemon or even lime. I can't quite get a grip on why a brewer would settle with this flavor as the style is not overly complex. Tastes like it was made without a lot of love and attention to detail. This one has the looks of a great brew but not the flavors to back that up. Its sort of unfortunate. 

 

Overall - decent enough beer but lacking some body and flavor. Its an easy drinking pale ale and certainly one that I'd choose over any macro in the cooler but not in the same category as some of the other craft pales on the market. 

 

Note - Saranac will soon be releasing their Saranac White IPA in cans. This was a great beer on draft and should do well in cans. This summer look for their Pale Ale, White IPA and Summer Ale all in cans. Cheers!

 

   



Saranac Pale Ale ~ 12 oz.
Style: English Pale Ale
Brewery: Saranac Brewing Company
City: 
Utica, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Crystal English Pale Ale
Hops: Cascade, East Kent Golden
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: March 24th, 2012

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Friday, March 9th 2012

8-Bit Pale Ale
(Tallgrass Brewing Company)

Tallgrass Brewing's newest release, 8-Bit Pale Ale, has perhaps one of the most unique can designs that we've seen over the years. If you grew up playing the first generation Nintendo then one look at this can will have you flashing back to all those hours playing games like Super Mario Brothers and Mike Tyson's Punch Out. Tallgrass continues to impress us with both their marketing creativity and their brewing ability, 8-Bit Pale Ale is no exception to either one. Cheers!

From the Tallgrass site:

"Just like those classic video games we all grew up with, 8-Bit Pale Ale is spectacularly simple at first glance yet remarkably fun and complex when you get into it.  Our Hop Rocket infuses the character of Austrailian grown Galaxy Hops into an American Pale Ale, giving a unique tropical, almost melon aroma in a classic American style."

Here we go...

Pour - straw colored as it fills the glass with some golden hues and a nice, thick white head on top. What a great looking beer, it almost looks too good to drink...almost.


Aroma - bready, biscuity malt sweetness mixes with some citrus and floral notes and hints of peaches and melon and some tropical fruit flavors as well as fresh cut grass. Very aromatic and a great beer just to shove your nose into and take it all in before its gone.


Taste - Sweet on the tongue with light honey flavors and some of that biscuity maltiness while the hop profile comes in a bit later and sweeps you off your feet. It's lightly bitter on the tongue with lemon, orange and grapefruit mixed with some floral hop flavors. 


Overall - One sip and you'll know that Tallgrass has a winner with their 8-Bit Pale Ale. It's light on the palate with a lot of great flavor and a crisp finish with just the right amount of bite to be super refreshing and draw you back in for more. This could be a go to beer as the weather begins to warm. Excellent work Tallgrass! 


Note - Galaxy hops are a variety of hop grown in Australia that provide a flavor similar to that of Citra hops.

"Galaxy is one of the most exciting new hop cultivars developed to date. When used as a late addition for flavour or aroma it contributes a distinctive clean citrus and passionfruit character which is more striking and intense the later the addition. Developed and grown exclusively in Australia, Galaxy is late maturing seedless cultivar with a striking flavour characteristic which can contribute artfully to many different beer styles."

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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Tallgrass Brewing Company
City: 
Manhattan, Kansas  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: 2 Row, Victory, Vienna & Munich
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Cascade & Galaxy
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 40
Date: March 9th, 2012

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Monday, February 27th 2012

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
(Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

 

A few years back I was putting together mock-ups of what I thought a can of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale might look like and hoping that this day might come. Little did I know that it would come so soon. The now iconic green pale ale logo looks pretty nice wrapped around a can of the beer many of us credit as the first craft beer we ever had. Congratulations to Sierra Nevada for getting their canning line going and rolling out these beauties (as well as 16 oz. cans of Torpedo!), we're sure it will be plenty busy as the weather across the country warms up. Cheers!


From the Sierra Nevada site:

"Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor."


Here we go...

 

Pour - familiar amber golden appearance with very rich, thick white head on top that settles very nicely. Great looking pour coming out of the can, with the head leaving some lacing after the first sip. Looks like it came straight from the tap.


Aroma - floral and citrusy notes hit the nose right away. I've had so many bottles and pints of this pale ale that its like an old familiar friend. Love the slight hints of pine and light malty sweetness. 

 

Taste - that first sip brings back lots of memories. Who hasn't had one of these during a great night out or at a great BBQ or party? Balanced malts and hops with a zippy, lemony zing and some bitterness that isn't too overpowering. A nice floral flavor with a solid malt backbone. An all around great beer for any occasion. 

 

Overall - A time tested recipe that's hard to dismiss. Great all around flavor profile with the right amount of hops and malts to appeal to the masses. One of several gateway craft beers that has led many folks down the road to hopheadness. We love that it's in cans and we'll certainly be pulling a lot of these out of the cooler in the months ahead!

 

Note - Sierra Nevada first brewed their famous pale ale in 1980. It is the second best selling craft beer in America (behind Sam Adams Boston Lager). It was one of the first beers to use generous amounts of cascade hops, now a stable in the industry. Like the bottled version, Sierra Nevada's pale ale is conditioned in the container so you're drinking a "can-conditioned" beer. 

 

      


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
City: 
Chico, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-row pale and Caramel
Hops: Cascade, Magnum, Perle
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 37
Date: February 27th, 2012

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Tuesday, January 10th 2012

Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale
(Telluride Brewing Company)

A number of firsts with this beer. This is OUR first beer from Telluride Brewing Company. This is THEIR first canned offering and we believe it is also the first canned rye pale ale. The only other rye beer that we know of being canned is Surly's SurlyFest, which is an Oktoberfest-style beer brewed with rye malt. We're pretty psyched to crack this open. Cheers!

From the Telluride Brewing site:

"Brewed with a generous amount of German Rye malt and an abundance of American hops, our ale embodies an earthly flavor and finishes with a hint of spice.  This powerhouse of an ale excites even the most dormant of tastes buds."

Here we go...

Pour - very nice honey, dark straw color with a good inch plus of white foamy head that leaves some great lacing within the glass. We're sold, time to dive in.


Aroma - big floral hop notes, plenty of orange peel, lemon and faint hints of grapefruit and pine. Some sweetness comes through, sort of a dried pineapple meets some bread dough and bran flakes. All in all this is a great smelling beer and will certainly draw you. 

 

Taste - first sip brings a good amount of citrus and pine with some malt sweetness and a noticeable amount of rye spiciness. The more you get into this beer the more you're going to like it. Plenty of hoppiness to satisfy someone craving an IPA but with enough malt to back up those hops to make most anyone happy. A nice clean and bitter finish that leaves some light tropical fruit notes on the tongue. Complex but simple? Perhaps. An all around pleasure to drink. Man, I wish we had a bunch more of these. 


Overall - This is super refreshing washing over your palate as it has those nice floral citrus notes along with a great spicy, bitter finish without a lot of sweetness or alcohol to weigh things down. We really enjoyed this beer and feel its a perfect "bring along" for any outdoor adventure in Colorado (or elsewhere). Looking at the scenery on the can makes us want to take a trip out to Telluride to see it ourselves - and also maybe stop in at the brewery for a pint or three! Well done on your first canned brew guys! Cheers!

Note - the "Bridal Veil" in the name of this beer refers to the 365-foot tall waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls, that overlooks the town of Telluride. That is also what you're looking at when you're holding a can of this in your hand. It is considered one of the most difficult waterfall ice climbs in North America. It was first climbed by Jeff Lowe and Mike Weis in 1974.

 



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Telluride Brewing Company
City: 
Telluride, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: German Rye Malt & ?
Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Chinook, CTZ, Simcoe
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 65
Date: January 10th, 2012

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Monday, January 9th 2012

Devil's Ale
(SanTan Brewing Company)

 

While we sip away on this freshly brewed can of Devil's Ale we'll let our minds wander to warmer places - like Chandler, Arizona - where this delightful American Pale Ale calls home. This year we hope to make it out to Scottsdale, Arizona for the 2nd AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival held on May 19th. SanTan plays host and a ton of great canned brews will be on offer. Cheers!


From the SanTan Brewing site:


"Devil's Ale is of the new breed of American West Coast Pale Ales. Devil’s Ale won a Gold Medal at 2011 GAZBF. It is the highest rated Pale Ale in Arizona receiving 96 points from Draft Magazine. Deep, golden maroon in color, Devil’s Ale is defined by a delicious citrus hop character derived from Cascade & Centennial hops grown in the Pacific Northwest, balanced with a firm caramel malt flavor."

Here we go...

Pour - dark golden or amber in appearance with a half inch of dense white head on top. Nice overall pour that's clean and clear.


Aroma - citrus, bread dough, burnt sugar, candied orange peel and some hints of caramel and malt balls. Aroma reflects a mort malty side of the pale ale family so we'll see how if the taste matches up.


Taste - first thing that comes to mind is balance. At first I'm confronted by a bitter, hoppy, citrusy mouthful of flavor that is almost immediately backed up by a wave of brown bread and biscuity malt flavors.The hoppiness of Devil's Ale certainly lifts it into the ranks of a very good American Pale Ale and each sip will remind you of that. This leaves the palate dry in the finish, just enough to stick your head back in the glass and take another sip. Very well done!


Overall - like malt kissed hops...or is it...hop kissed malt? Whichever you look at this is a solid American Pale Ale with a very nice malty backbone and some great citrusy hop notes as well as a crisp and bitter finish. Very tasty and certainly worth stuffing into your cooler, your backpack or your suitcase!

Note - at one point this beer was called Sun Devil Ale but apparently Arizona State University (home of the Sun Devils) got all upset about it and pushed the brewery to change the name - whereas Louisiana State University was pretty excited to work with Perfect Tin Brewing Company in Baton Rouge in the brewing (and canning) of a beer called Bandit Blonde which will be the official beer of the LSU Tigers. Go figure.

 

     


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: SanTan Brewing Company
City: 
Chandler, Arizona  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two Row Barley, Wheat, Caramel 80, Munich, Roasted Barley
Hops: Centennial, Simcoe and Cascade
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 45
Date: January 9th, 2012

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Tuesday, January 3rd 2012

Cut Throat Pale Ale
(Finch's Beer Company)

 

It took awhile but we finally managed to get our hands on some cans of Finch's Beer Company beer! We've decided to post reviews of both of their current canned offerings today as a "two for Tuesday" as Trent put it - and also because these reviews are long overdue! All the best to the folks at Finch's Beer Co. as they embark on year number two in the craft beer world. Cheers!


From the Finch's Beer Co. site:


"Finch's Pale Ale is a refreshing experience from the pop of the top. Its fresh and hoppy taste with just enough supporting malt makes it easy to kick back more than just one. Our late kettle additions of American hop varieties and dry hopping techniques make this beer one of our favorites. The citrus hop character balanced with a malty backbone creates a delicious, accessible pale ale that is sure to satisfy with every sip. Enjoy this pale with just about any pairing of your choice."


Here we go...


Pour - the first thing we noticed, even before the beer left the can, was that the can stated that this was "ale brewed with Sweet Orange Peel". That's pretty cool - a little different than the norm which is nice. Pours a dark honey color with a well-formed inch of tight foam on top that clings tightly to the inside walls of the can-shaped glass. 


Aroma - sweet citrus entwined with caramel and Tootsie rolls. Lemon and orange zest seem to stand out more than any other aromas and are quite inviting.


Taste - first sip and this has the makings of a very pleasant drinking experience. Lemon, lime and orange flavors mesh well with some hop bitterness and are backed up nicely by a solid malt base. Plenty of flavor and not too light or heavy on the palate. A little tangy on the tongue at times but the carbonation does well to counteract that. Wow, this is going down quick. I wish I had a few more as this is a very enjoyable pale ale.


Overall - very, very drinkable with some great hop flavors with nothing overpowering. I'd go so far as to say that this would be a great session brew for anyone who loves something a little on the hoppy side but not too potent. A very well concocted pale ale from folks at Finch's. We look forward to their upcoming IPA release (read below).


Note - Finch's Beer Company recently teamed up with Threadless.com and ran a contest to find the artwork for their upcoming Threadless IPA can release. The winner will have their design forever immortalized on the cans. That is a pretty sweet canvas if you ask us! Once we know who the winner is we'll pass it on!

 

   



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Finch's Beer Company
City: 
Chicago, Illinois  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: ???
Date: January 3rd, 2012

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Thursday, November 10th 2011

Pamola Xtra Pale Ale
(Baxter Brewing Company)

 

Pamola Xtra Pale Ale was one of Baxter's first two canned offerings. The name "Pamola" comes from Abenaki mythology and refers to a legendary bird spirit that has the head of a moose, the body of a man and the wings and feet of an eagle. It is said that Pamola is the protector of Mt. Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine. This figure is also used as the logo for Baxter Brewing Company. 

From the Baxter Brewing site:

"Brilliant clarity, bright golden in color. Pours a nice creamy head. Subtle malt and hop aroma. Crisp, clean, effervescent start with a touch of malt character and a balanced bitterness. Hop flavors linger nicely. Finishes clean, crisp and dry with a light body. Beautiful lace left all the way down the glass. Extremely drinkable."


Here we go...

 

Pour - bright orange and yellow in color with a good half-inch of fluffy white head resting on top. Nice looking pour with carbonation levels looking just right. 


Aroma - light citrusy notes, cotton candy, caramel malts along with some biscuity aromas. Very balanced aromas. Altogether a fairly "light" smelling brew.


Taste - initial tastes are that of lemon and orange peel, hints of earthy hops, bready/biscuity malts with a crisp, semi-sweet finish. Light and effervescent on the tongue and not too heavy on the palate. Every brewery should try and roll something out that is as easy drinking as this beer. 

 

Overall - Sort of reminds me of a blonde ale with a bit more oomph from the hops. Very easy drinking and very refreshing. I can see this one selling really well during the summers in Maine. If you want something sessionable than here you go!

 

Note - Below are the "Technical Specifications" of this beer as provided by Baxter Brewing Company.

  • A proprietary blend of North American 2-row malted barley, including barley grown in Northern Maine’s Aroostook County
  • Domestic and imported “Character” malts provide complexity, color and body
  • 3 different hop varieties, all with European roots and grown in the Pacific Northwest
  • Fermented cold and then cold conditioned
  • Clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast
  • Pure, soft water from Lake Auburn, Maine

 

           



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Baxter Brewing Company
City: 
Lewiston, Maine  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: 28
Date: November 10th, 2011

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Friday, October 21 2011

The Public
(DC Brau)

The Public is currently the one and only beer that is being brewed and canned in Washington, DC. DC Brau began brewing on March 18th of 2011 and the first cans of The Public came off the line in late April. The Public is the first of what will likely be a nice lineup of canned offerings from DC's first commercial brewery to exist in over 50 years. Cheers!

From the DC Brau site:

"The Public is a delicious easy drinking pale ale made from a simple recipe of quality grain and top notch American hops. Tawny hues of caramel and amber are a trademark of the Public ale as well as a delicious spruce crispness resulting from a beautiful abundance of hops!"

Here we go...

POUR: dark auburn in color with some lighter hues when held to the light. Great looking carbonation level leading to almost an inch of off-white head. Some lacing left inside the glass. 

AROMA: cotton candy, lemon peel, grapefruit juice, powdered sugar and lemon-lime Slurpee. Lots of hops coming from this Pale Ale...certainly leaning towards the IPA category it seems. 

TASTE: one sip and I'm left thinking IPA. Lots of bitter, resiny hops hit the tongue and dry my mouth out. The palate is bombarded by citrus fruits and backed by light toffee and caramel flavors. As it warms a bit the floral flavors come out and mesh nicely with the sweetness that accompanies them. A very well rounded pale ale with a ton of great flavor and somehow it comes in at just 6%. Wow.

OVERALL: I'm left wondering one thing...what is DC Brau's IPA like? This is a pretty hop forward American Pale Ale that hits the higher gears when it comes to lupulin goodness. The tongue takes a good lashing but not one that will leave you moving on to something else. Nope, this is a beer you could make a night of that is for sure. Very well done. We look forward to their future canned releases! 

NOTES: DC Brau plans on canning at least a couple other beers. Those that are in the works already are The Citizen (a Belgian Pale Ale) and The Corruption (an India Pale Ale)

     



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: DC Brau Brewing Company
City: 
Washington, District of Columbia  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: October 21st, 2011

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Wednesday, August 17th 2011

483 Pale Ale
(Great River Brewery)

Great River Brewery became Iowa's first canning craft brewery in May of 2010. To date they've released four different canned offerings, all of which have been in 16 oz. pint cans. 483 Pale Ale and Roller Dam Red Ale were the brewery's first two cans released. They've also canned their Redband Stout (a stout brewed with coffee) and, as a special release for the local "Bix Street Fest", their Copper Ale.

From the Great River site:

"True to the style, our pale ale is brewed with pale malt and a touch of crystal malt which gives it that copper hue. Then we aggressively hop it with centennial hops for a big citrus hop aroma and taste. Beer for the hop lover. Nice bitterness and a good long aftertaste with a smack of grapefruit."

The CAN reads:

"Great River Brewery’s 483 Pale Ale is named after our mile marker on the mighty Mississippi. A classic American pale ale, it uses generous amounts of centennial hops and a final dry hopping of cascades, creating a bold floral and citrus aroma with a balanced malt body. "


Great River gives you the lowdown on cans right on their cans!

Here we go...

Pour - Deep, dark copper color with a loose bubbly head that sustains itself very well. 

 

Aroma -  This one has the holy trinity of my favorite hoppy ales:  citrus,  a little bit of pine, and floral notes emerge as it warms up.  A great start!  

 

Taste - Centennial hops played a major role in my transition from adjunct lager can-chaser to a craft beer hophead, and this beer is chock full of them.  Big hop bite at the start that is immediately countered by just the right amount of malt.  Not too dry,  but not too sweet either.  Finishes with some lingering bitterness that reminds me of some of my favorite IPAs.  Is this really a pale ale?  

 

Overall - I’ve thought long and hard about it and decided this is the best APA I’ve tried – canned or bottled. It drinks much more like an IPA than a pale ale but has an ABV that lets you manage more than just a couple per session. 483 Pale Ale reminds me a lot of Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter but with a bigger malt backbone. The folks at Great River and all Iowans should be very proud of this excellent brew! 

 

Note - Did you know that American Pale Ale is the craft beer style you're most likely to find in a pint can? It's true. 30% of the craft beer that is put into pint cans is American Pale Ale followed by American Red Ale (21%) and India Pale Ale (20%). 

 

 



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Great River Brewery
City: 
Davenport, Iowa  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Crystal
Hops: Centennial, Cascade
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: 48
Date: August 17th, 2011

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Saturday, July 23rd 2011

Second Wind Pale Ale
(Mother Earth Brewing Company)

Mother Earth Brewing Company just recently released their Second Wind Pale Ale and Sunny Hazy in cans. The brewery still mantains a big focus on their bottled brands but that may change if they see success with these two canned offerings. Oh, before I forget, take a good close look (click on the card) at the runners on the can and you'll notice they're all wearing what look like Vibram FiveFingers

From the Mother Earth Brewing site:

"This medium bodied beer boasts a moderate to strong hop aroma and a color that’s pale golden. If the pale ale has been dry hopped, the beer will appear a bit hazy in the glass. Otherwise, you’ll find pale ales to be pretty clear once poured. Most often, American hops are used to concoct American pale ale- and these usually embody a citrus character. Sometimes, we refer to pale ale as IPA’s little brother. It’s sort of like an IPA that’s been toned down a few notches. Overall, you’ll quickly recognize this beer to be refreshing and easy to drink."

Here we go...

Pour - soft golden peach color with about a half inch of white fizzy/foamy head on top. Carbonation levels look spot on and this beer looks very appealing. 

 

Aroma - sweet orange, powdered sugar, lemon zest, pixie sticks and some hints of biscuit mix and just a slight bit of butter.

 

Taste - bitter on the tongue and dry right off the bat. Lots of hoppiness that I don't think I was quite expecting from this pale ale. Wow. This is certainly hoppier than some IPAs I've had in my life. Nice citrusy hop flavors as well as fresh cut grass all with a good-sized malt backing to keep things balanced. Nothing overpowering and certainly easy to manage more than a few in a sitting.

 

Overall - This is a full-bodied, hops ensconced brew! Lots of big hop bitterness and nice citrus notes in this well-rounded and balanced brew. Very impressive. Well done Mother Earth!

 

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This is a great option for the cooler or the fridge or the river stream or wherever you might throw some of these to keep them cool. 

 

Note - Second wind is a phenomenon in distance running, such as marathons or road running (as well as other sports), whereby an athlete who is too out of breath and tired to continue suddenly finds the strength to press on at top performance with less exertion. The feeling may be similar to that of a "runner's high", the most obvious difference being that the runner's high occurs after the race is over. Some scientists believe the second wind to be a result of the body finding the proper balance of oxygen to counteract the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. Others claim second winds are due to endorphin production, while still others believe it to be purely psychological. - wikipedia.org

 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Mother Earth Brewing Company
City: 
Kinston, North Carolina  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: July 23rd, 2011

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Wednesday, June 8th 2011

Brooklyn Summer Ale
(Brooklyn Brewery)

Brand new to cans for the summer of 2011! Brooklyn's Summer Ale joins their Brooklyn Lager in cans just in time all your summer time activities. We're sort of surprised it took so long for them to add another beer to their canned portfolio but I think this says a lot about the state of the canned craft beer market. The more the better. We wouldn't be surprised to see more of their beers in cans in the near future.

 

From the Brooklyn Brewery site:

"Brooklyn Summer Ale is a modern rendition of the "Light Dinner Ales" brewed in England throughout the 1800's right up until the 1940's. They were also called "luncheon ales" or even "family ales", because they were refreshing and flavorful without being too heavy. We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavor. German and American hops lend a light, crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition."


Here we go...

 

Pour - pale straw colored with a decent sized stark-white head. Clean and clear in appearance. Looks light bodied.

 

Aroma - some grassy and light malt aromas. A bit of a sour malt smell is evident. I also get a bit of citrus, mostly lemon as well as a faint aroma of fresh hops.  

 

Taste - this is where this beer shines. Okay, the look and smell may not totally grab you but the flavor profile of this summer beer hopefully will. Crisp on the tongue with some light malty sweetness followed by a nice tanginess and some lemon flavors. There is a nice hop flavor in the background and in the finish. 

 

Overall - Brooklyn Brewery did a great thing when they decided to put this beer in a can. It's a great candidate for bringing along on any outdoor adventure and should be easy enough on the palate for pretty much any type of beer drinker. Personally I really enjoyed this beer and as I've never had it in a bottle I'd have to say it was great out of a can.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I bought a 12-pack as that was the only format available and I'm definitely glad I did as I've got a bunch of them left in the fridge. 

Note - Brooklyn Brewery releases six different seasonal beers - including three different winter seasonals. They include their Brooklyn Summer Ale (April-July), Oktoberfest (August-October), Post Road Pumpkin Ale (August-November), Brooklyn Winter Ale (Winter), Black Chocolate Stout (October-March) and Monster Ale (December-March). 

 


photo courtesy of Rodney McPhail



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Style: English Pale Ale
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
City: 
Brooklyn, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-Row British Malts
Hops: German Perle, American Cascade, Fuggle and Amarillo
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: June 8th, 2011

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Wednesday, May 25th 2011

James Squire Golden Ale
(Malt Shovel Brewery)

If there was a country ripe to join the canning revolution it's Australia. After a recent trip there I was just amazed at how only the big regional lager producers were canning their beer. When I think of all the beaches, the music festivals and those very active Aussie lifestyles it's hard to comprehend that this movement wouldn't take hold. Maybe it's just a matter of time as there are plenty of craft brewers there producing lots of great beer. If one takes the risk and it pays off...well, we know that story well here in the States. This can of James Squire Golden Ale was the only craft can I could find in Australia and it was actually only available (free by the way) on Qantas flights. Cheers!

From the Malt Shovel site:

"James Squire Golden Ale’s rich orange-amber colour comes from toasted grains of wheat and barley, while new season Amarillo hops create a tropical fruit aroma with restrained bitterness. Mild carbonation and a dry finish make this an ideal thirst-slaking beer."

 

Here we go...


Pour - on the darker golden side in color with a nice inch of thick, white head on top. Super clean and clear in appearance with carbonation levels looking spot on. 

 

Aroma - hay, lemon zest, cut grass, oranges along with some sweet, pale malty notes.

 

Taste - my first impression is that this has a hoppiness that definitely slides it out of the so-called "golden ale" category and right into the "pale ale" category. It's not dominating by any means but there's a nice citrusy hop flavor that resonates in every sip. Some lemon/lime tanginess along with pale malts gives it a bit of a sweet and sour flavor. Quite nice. This is a very refreshing beer on a warm summer evening around the grill. I think this would be a nice import in cans actually.

 

Overall - very easy to drink and approachable from any angle. It's got enough of a hop kick to please the pale ale palate but also a nice sweet malty background for those looking for something closer to an amber. This is the type of beer that Australian craft brewers do very well. A lower alcohol brew that has plenty of flavor but won't put you on your ass after a couple pints. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - probably not too relevant. I did however enjoy a number of pints of this on draught while in Australia. When I go back I'm sure I'll do the same.

 

Note - Australia has over a hundred craft breweries and the number is growing quickly. There's a broad range of styles being produced in the country and despite being far from home you can usually find something akin to what you like here in the US. The tongue numbing super-hop bombs, as well as some of the other high alcohol styles (possibly due to the taxation process on alcohol), aren't yet produced en masse. However, you do find a lot more session-strength brews that go well with food and can be enjoyed while sitting outside enjoying the sun near the beach. If you've never put Australia on your beer destination map, you should. 

 


mural in downtown Fremantle, Western Australia

 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Malt Shovel Brewery
City: 
Sydney
Country: 
Australia  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Wheat, Barley
Hops: Amarillo
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: May 25th, 2011

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Sunday, May 21st 2011

Eddy Out Pale Ale
(Kettlehouse Brewing Company)

Another pint can from the folks in Missoula. Eddy Out is a Pale Ale that's been around for awhile. If you're not familiar with Kettlehouse, they can three of their beers. If you end up in Montana go looking for this Pale Ale as well as their Cold Smoke Scotch Ale and their Double Haul IPA, both are very good. Cheers!

From the Kettlehouse site:

"Eddy Out Pale Ale (the beer formerly known as Bitters Pale Ale) has been a favorite at the Kettlehouse Brewery since 1996. Brewed with a healthy dose of Cascade aroma hops, Eddy Out is a classic American Pale Ale. This style is characterized by a citrusy American hoppiness balanced with a slight biscuit flavored malt character. The light copper color in this ale comes from caramelized malt which also aids in head retention. All this to describe a highly quaffable brew with a crisp hop finish. Great on a hot summer day, or a cold winter day while dreaming of a hot summer day."

 

Here we go...


Pour - light golden or straw colored with a good inch of fluffy white head on top and some lacing beginning to streak the inside of the glass. Looks clean and clear and as it should Nice looking beer.

 

Aroma - lemons, fresh cut grass, orange peel, tea leaves, mango along with toast and honey.

 

Taste - one sip and the citrusy hops certainly shine. This has some zip to it with the hops really being the focal point and a solid, yet subdued, doughy, malt backbone providing the necessary balance. A little tangy and lemony in the finish. Very crisp and refreshing and just the way I like my pale ales.

 

Overall - This on leans a little more towards an IPA with it's assertive hop profile. If you like you're pale ales hoppy you'll be happy with this one. Definitely worth picking up and enjoying somewhere outdoors on a warm sunny day!

 

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. I'd love to get some more of all of Kettlehouse's beers. I haven't been back to Montana since 2000, it's way overdue. 

 

Note - If you're not familiar with kayaking lingo, the term "eddy out" means to enter an eddy to take a break from rapids or to get a better look downstream. An eddy usually forms on the protected side of a rock or along the bank of a river. The back of the can provides quite a bit of information as well...

 

 

  


Eddy Out Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Kettle House Brewing Company
City: 
Missoula, Montana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Cascade
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 50
Date: May 22nd, 2011

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Thursday, February 17th 2011

Bitter American
(21st Amendment Brewery)

The newest release from the folks at 21st Amendment. This is their sixth canned offering to date. I think they've got a winner here. Session ales are getting popular and a low alcohol yet hoppy beer should sit well with those of us who are active and see the portability of cans as a big positive. We should expect to see more of these session ales popping up going forward. Cheers!

From the 21st Amendment site:

"If you'd been rocketed into space against your will, you might be a little bitter too. Bitter American is our long-overdue tribute to unsung, unwitting heroes everywhere. This American session ale packs a lot of hop and malt flavor into a refreshingly lower-alcohol brew, making it the perfect beer to have on hand when you have a little history to make.


Bitter American is our late winter seasonal beer available from January through March in six pack cans and on draft. This extra pale session ale has lower alcohol but all the flavor and hop aroma you expect from a much bigger beer. Give one, or three, a try.
"

Here we go...

 

Pour - bright orange, clean and clear. Very well formed head with some lacing. Part of this pour is definitely the aroma, it comes streaming out of this can at full force and is a lot more pungent than one might expect for a beer this low in alcohol.

 

Aroma - lots of grapefruit, wow. All that resiny, piney, citrusy goodness is in present. This just smells heavenly. For a hoppy, sessionable pale ale I don't think one could ask for a better smelling beer. 

 

Taste - nice bitterness, piney and grapefruity hop flavors with some malty undertones. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A nice balance and a very light body. This one skips along the tongue leaving you satisfied and not weighed down by either flavors or booziness. I absolutely love the amount of hoppiness this beer presents, its a very nice surprise as I wasn't expecting quite so much.

 

Overall - one sip and you'll be hooked. I know I am. Big flavors and low ABV. We need a lot more of these. I am not exaggerating when I say that this one is off the charts when it comes to "drinkability". This should be available all year round.

 

Would I buy more of it? - definitely, there are not enough of these low ABV, hoppy brews on the market. Maine's Baxter Brewing has one called Pamola Xtra Pale Ale that also fits into this category but I can't think of too many others.

 

Note - The "space monkey" on the can is Ham the Chimp (or AstroChimp). He was "the first chimpanzee launched into outer space in the American space program. Ham's name is an acronym for the lab that prepared him for his historic mission — the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, located at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico."

 

 21st Amendment's canned lineup thus far:

 

  

  

 



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery
City: 
San Francisco, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Simpson's Golden Promise, 2-row Pale, Munich and Crystal
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe (dry hopping) and Centennial (dry hopping)
ABV: 4.4%
IBUs: 42
Date: February 17th, 2011

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Saturday, February 5th 2011

AXL Pale Ale
(MillKing It Productions)

From a brewery that has a name like no other comes this pint can of pale ale. AXL Pale Ale was the first release from Millking It Productions, who also brew and can beers for nearby Rochester Mills Brewing Company.   

From the Millking It Productions site:

"This classic American Style Pale Ale has been honed and perfected for over 15 years. Tens of thousands of pints have been joyfully savored. The beer has a light amber color and a medium body. The hops grab center stage and carry the flavor with a light drying citrusy palate. Although hoppy, the beer is easy drinking and contains a mid-range alcohol level of 5.8%."

Here we go...

Pour - looks great coming out of the can. Big, bright orange and amber colors shining in the glass with a big, thick fluffy off-white head that looks like it might stick around for awhile. 

 

Aroma - nice caramel malty sweetness along with some slight citrusy hop aromas and some of that biscuity/bread dough smells as well.

 

Taste - first sip presents a sweet and bitter rollercoaster. Up front this has a lot of caramel/toffee flavors but that is quickly taken over by some citrusy bitterness that isn't super piney or grapefruity but more of a straightforward hop flavor. This is the type of pale ale that leans towards an amber ale and is very approachable to beer lovers everywhere. Super balanced with just a tinge of bitterness in the finish. Well done.

 

Overall - great brew. No frills, just a well-balanced pale ale with plenty of maltiness and plenty of hoppiness. It leaves just enough hops on the tongue to keep your mouth dry and your glass held up. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. When it comes to balanced (very balanced) pale ales this one shines. I like beers like this one once in awhile to give my palate and liver a break. 

 

Note - to date Millking It Productions has canned AXL Pale Ale and Cornerstone IPA and will soon be canning BRIK Irish Red Ale and Milkshake Stout. You can learn more about Millking It Productions by going HERE.



AXL Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: MillKing It Productions
City: 
Royal Oak, Michigan  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: February 5th, 2011

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Sunday, January 30th 2011

Silverback Pale Ale
(Wynkoop Brewing Company)

Silverback Pale Ale was released in cans for the first time this past summer. The beer itself was produced in an effort to raise money for the Denver-based Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. A full 50% of the profits from the sales of this beer went to the organization. 

 

From the Wynkoop Brewing site:

"Hand crafted in 20-barrel batches, Silverback Pale Ale has a comfortable 5.5% ABV and a balanced hop finale of approximately 40 International Bittering Units. It is made with American two-row malt, crystal malt, specialty malts and four US hops. The beer’s rich aroma comes from a trip through Wynkoop head brewer Andy Brown’s “Hopinator” hopback device, filled with 10 pounds of whole-leaf Centennial hops."


Here we go...

 

Pour - glowing orange in color with a nice fluffy, frothy white head on top. This has to be one of the brightest colored pale ales I've seen. So much yellow and bright orange standing out.

 

Aroma - a bit of malt, some hay or grass notes, definitely some lemon and orange zest and some relaxed hop aromas. Not a huge hop nose but it smells inviting nonetheless.

 

Taste - first sensation is sweetness on the tip of the tongue with a bit of spiciness and hoppiness on the back. Some bitter citrus flavors are present but in no way are they dominating. This is actually a very easy-drinking beer with enough hoppiness to hold your attention and balanced enough for even the biggest hop-ophobe. 

 

Overall - I quite enjoyed this brew. Nice flavors and mellow enough for a quiet beer on a Sunday evening. I could enjoy quite a few more of these to be honest. 

Would I buy more of it? - perhaps. I am a hop-lover at heart so I might be swayed at the last second by a bigger IPA but who knows. I'm an impulse shopper at heart.

Note - Wynkoop also sponsors a 5K run in which all participants wear gorilla costumes. All proceeds from this event also go to help mountain gorillas in Africa. Good on ya' Wynkoop!

 

     


Silverback Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Wynkoop Brewing Company
City: 
Denver, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: American two-row malt, crystal malt, specialty malts
Hops: Centennial
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 40
Date: January 30th, 2011

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Friday, December 3rd 2010

Hazed & Infused
(Boulder Beer Company)

Hazed & Infused is Boulder Beer Company's flagship brew and their first canned offering. With plans to expand their canning operation in the year to come it certainly will not be the last of their beers to end up in cans. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes rolling off the line in 2011!

From the Boulder Beer Company site:

"This unfiltered dry-hopped ale is "hazed" in its natural state and "infused" with a Crystal and Centennial hop blend, creating a flavorful aromatic brew."

 

Here we go...


Pour - a bright, almost glowing reddish-orange in the glass.  A decent inch or so of stark white foam sits atop this brew.

 

Aroma - wow, LOADS of big fresh hop aroma pummels my olfactory factory. I'm processing a ton of nice greeny, citrusy, piney smells and it sure is nice. I've had this beer in a bottle before and don't remember it exhibiting such an intense hop aroma. Could it be the can? 

 

Taste - a bit lemony and bitter on the tongue, some nice sweet, juicy orange follows. A decent amount of maltiness balances this one out nicely. I can't help but say that the aroma hops really stood out but the intensity in the flavor uis much more subdued. I doubt this is an issue as they sell a ton of this beer because of how it tastes. Big hop aroma and more of a balanced flavor. 

 

Overall - I love the aroma that comes from this beer as soon as it leaves the can. Definitely a very drinkable brew and one that I could session on a nice warm afternoon. This tastes super fresh despite it being a few months old I'd imagine. One more advantage of the almighty aluminum can!

 

Would I buy more of it? - I might now that its being distributed in cans out here in New England. Quite the candidate for a sunny, summer day outside in the backyard!

 

Note - Boulder Beer Company is/was Colorado's first microbrewery. It first took shape in 1979 when two CU professors were granted the country's 43rd brewing license. Hazed & Infused, the brewery's most popular beer, was introduced in 2002. 



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Boulder Beer Company
City: 
Boulder, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: U.S. Medium Caramel Malt, U.S. 2-row Barley, U.S. Roasted Barley
Hops: Nugget, Willamette, Crystal, Centennial
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: December 3rd, 2010

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Thursday, September 9th 2010

Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale
(Blue Mountain Brewery)

I recently paid a visit to Blue Mountain Brewery, had a great meal and picked up a six-pack of Full Nelson. Its the only beer they are currently canning and its brewed entirely with cascade hops grown on the premises. They had just harvested their hops a few weeks before I was there so I missed seeing an absolutely stunning little brewery look even better with all those hops.

 

From the Blue Mountain site:

"Bursting with local hop flavor, our flagship Virginia Pale Ale features our own farm-grown Cascade variety hops as one of the key ingredients. A strong malt backbone gives this ale a rich taste and vibrant copper color, while the generous addition of hops contribute a pronounced bitterness and floral, citrus aroma.."

Here we go...

 

Pour - deep golden to auburn in appearance with plenty of bubbling action and a half inch of wispy, white head.

 

Aroma - very citrusy, lemons and oranges, a little spicy, a little sweet and definitely a good deal of malt balancing things out. The aroma just sucks you into the glass.

 

Taste - orange peel, lemon zest, earthy, spicy, tangy and a little dry in the finish. Plenty of flavor and definitely some terroir, as they say, from those cascade hops growing in the mountains of Virginia. 

 

Overall - a gorgeous brew from a gorgeous brewery. Love the local element and all the flavor that is packed into this beer. Definitely worth the trip to the brewery to pick some cans up from the source!

 

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I'd love to go back to this brewery and try some more of their beers on tap and time my visit for when they are harvesting all those hops!

Note - when I visited Blue Mountain Brewery they had a fresh hop pale ale on tap that had been brewed with their own cascade hops right after they had been picked. It was heavenly. You can learn more about their hop farm HERE.


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Blue Mountain Brewery
City: 
Afton, Virginia  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Virginia-grown Cascade Hops
ABV: 5.9%
IBUs: 60
Date: September 9th, 2010

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Monday, August 30th 2010

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
(Half Acre Beer Company)

I finally manage to get my hands on some cans of Half Acre! So far they are just canning their Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and Gossamer Golden Ale but I've heard rumors of another canned offering this fall. We'll have to wait and see. For now I'll focus on the matter at hand. Daisy Cutter's reputation certainly precedes it so I am very much looking forward to this.

 

From the Half Acre site:

"A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, horde it."

Here we go...

 

Pour - soft, bright golden to peach in color with a big fluffy head. This almost jumps into the glass like a fish into a boat. Even before this hits the glass the aroma sets in...

 

Aroma - lots of fresh hop pungency escapes from the can almost immediately. I love that! Pineapple, mango, oranges are all very present and accounted for and so are those piney, greeny aromas that fresh hops provide the senses. This smells heavenly.

 

Taste - a nice citrusy bite on the tongue is a nice introduction to what Daisy Cutter has to offer once you get over the aroma and get it into your mouth. This is followed by a nice tanginess and a very well backed up malty presence, although the hops are going to stand out more than anything this APA. Very drinkable, light bodied and well worth the wait. This is definitely worthy of its reputation and certainly should be on any beer lovers "wants" list. 

 

Overall - absolutely stunning. This is one of the best American Pale Ales that I've been lucky enough to sit down and enjoy. Hits all the right marks and at just over 5% I'd say it proves that flavor and hoppiness don't require a coma-inducing amount of alcohol. Cheers to that! 

 

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This would be on the grocery list each week if I lived in Chicago.

Note - Half Acre has also brewed a "Double Daisy Cutter". Their website describes it thusly, "The Double Daisy Cutter is a monster version of the original Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. A heftier grain bill amps up the ABV and double dry-hop insures there's enough hops to recede your gums." Wow! They need to put that in a can!

 


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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Half Acre Beer Company
City: 
Chicago, Illinois  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 30th, 2010

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Wednesday, July 21 2010

Euphoria Pale Ale
(Ska Brewing Company)

There is never a better time than the middle of a ridiculously hot summer to crack open a hoppy winter seasonal brew. Okay, some people might argue that but Ska's Euphoria should be proof of how well a can of craft beer will hold it's flavor and hopefully provide some comfort on yet another warm evening.

From the Ska site:

"“This seasonal beer is brewed in the Do It Yourself (DIY) spirit along with our friends from Bayfield at the Venture Snowboard Factory. An India Pale Ale, the Euphoria is crafted with piles and piles of Golding hops to provide a unique spicy finish. Great for after hitting the slopes. Anarchic enlightenment: (1) Brewed in strict accordance to D.I.Y. methodology, the beer of choice for epic powder days. (2) brewed and bottled (I think they mean canned) by Ska Brewing Company, Durango Colorado using the finest hops, yeast, malted barley and San Juan waters.”"

Here we go...

Pour - clean, clear dark amber, sort of chestnut in color with a nice thick head on top. Looks absolutely gorgeous after being freed from it's aluminum prison after many months.

 

Aroma - citrusy hops, lots of lemon aroma along with some spicy or astringent notes. Some powdered sugar along with a nice sweet caramel smell. After thing is in perfect order, just as it was when it went into the can quite some time ago. 

 

Taste - a big sip and a nice smack of bitter, yet spicy and very citrusy, hops coat the tongue. This is tangy and finishes with a sort of peppery flavor. A decent amount of malt back things up and the dryness of my tongue keeps plunging my face back into the glass. Very balanced, no massive hop bomb nor has it become in anyway a malt bomb from its time in the can. If this was in a bottle I doubt I could say the same thing.

 

Overall - great brew from the folks at Ska. It may be a winter offering but its definitely doing the job on an 80 degree night here in New England. This is a lot different than Ska's IPA as its got a much spicier hop profile. I think of this one as more of an English-style IPA with a little more assertive hoppiness. Anyway you look at it you'll be happy once its in a glass and headed towards your mouth.

 

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. This was a rare treat and I'd like to thank my friend Tim in Arizona for hooking me up! Cheers Tim!

 

Note - Ska Brewing also cans their Modus Hoperandi IPA, ESB Special Ale (the second craft beer ever canned in Colorado) and True Blonde AleI highly recommend all three if you can get you hands on them!

 



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Ska Brewing Company
City: 
Durango, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: East Kent Goldings
ABV: 6.1%
IBUs: ???
Date: July 21st, 2010

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Tuesday, July 13th 2010

Point Cascade Pale Ale
(Stevens Point Brewery)

The folks at Stevens Point were nice enough to send me a variety pack containing all four of their canned releases. This was the one that probably intrigued me most as quality hop flavor/profile can be preserved so well in a can.

 

From the Stevens Point Brewing site:

 

"Point Cascade Pale Ale is handcrafted combining special top-fermenting yeast and a dry hopping process to create this truly classic American Pale Ale. The intriguing character is derived from generous quantities of the choicest Yakima Valley Cascade hops and the finest crystal, 2-row pale, and Munich malts. The result is a delicious American Pale Ale with a signature fragrant hop bouquet and soft malt palate."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - light amber almost golden in appearance with plenty of tiny bubble floating upwards creating a half inch of thick, bubbly, white head.

 

Aroma - light grassy or hay notes along with orange and lemon, a bit of an iced tea smell and some green, green citrusy hops. Not a huge pungent hop aroma but nice nonetheless. Its balanced by a good dose of caramel-y malt.

 

Taste - light, crisp and hoppily refreshing.  A nice dose of sweetness follows a mildly abrasive hop bitterness. Very light on the tongue, almost like a "light IPA" in mouthfeel. Super smooth going down and ridiculously easy drinking. Nothing off-putting about this brew, just a simple pale ale in a can that provides your mouth with some happiness.

 

Overall - solid brew. Nice hop flavor and ridiculously easy going down. This is a great beer to have in the cooler or in your backpack when you're hiking or playing disc golf. Simple yet very enjoyable.

 

Would I buy more of it? - I think I would. This one and their Nude Beach Summer Wheat. Sheer drinkability makes this a worthwhile investment.

 

Note - Stevens Point brewery also cans beers for Schlafly Brewing and O'Fallon Brewing in neighboring Illinois.


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Stevens Point Brewery
City: 
Stevens Point, Wisconsin  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 2-row, 6-row, Crystal, Munich and Pale Ale
Hops: Yakima Valley Cascades
ABV: 5.4%
IBUs: 33
Date: July 13th, 2010

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Saturday, July 10th 2010

Saranac Pale Ale
(Saranac Brewing Company)

Saranac introduced these "Pale Ale Pint" cans this summer. This is their flagship brew and is currently the only one of their multitude of styles they are canning.

From the Saranac site:

"A beer that would make the English jealous! This true English Pale Ale is rich and fruity, yet finishes crisp. You'll love the copper amber color and medium body."

Here we go...

Pour - absolutely gorgeous pour. Nice bold, bright amber color with a big, thick off-white head. This pour is clean and looks great. I am impressed. 

 

Aroma - toasty malt, a little honey along with some fruity sweetness. Not a lot of aroma, mostly light caramel malt.

 

Taste - brown sugar and malt, a bit light in mouthfeel with some grassy components along with hints at lemon or even lime. I can't quite get a grip on why a brewer would settle with this flavor as the style is not overly complex. Tastes like it was made without a lot of love and attention to detail. This one has the looks of a great brew but not the flavors to back that up. Its unfortunate. 

 

Overall - decent enough beer but lacking body and flavor. Its an easy drinking pale ale and certainly one that I'd choose over any macro in the cooler but not in the same category as some of the other craft pales on the market. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - with the selection of canned craft beers available here I'd probably choose a few others over this one. For the style I'd go with Cisco's Whale's Tail Pale for sure.

 

Note - Saranac is produced by Matt Brewing Company in Utica, New York. Saranac has produced and sold over thirty different styles of beer thus far and put out several mixed 12-packs that contain 12 different beers. 


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Style: English Pale Ale
Brewery: Saranac Brewing Company
City: 
Utica, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Crystal English Pale Ale
Hops: Cascade, East Kent Golden
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: July 10th, 2010

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Friday, June 18th 2010

Scape Goat Pale Ale
(Big Sky Brewing Company)

Big Sky released their Scape Goat Pale Ale in cans for the first time about a month ago. These guys have now released four of their beers in cans and I'd imagine that since Scape Goat was a limited release that all of those cans are now spoken for. Hopefully for those of you in Big Sky country you'll see more canned Scape Goat soon! Cheers!

 

From the Big Sky site:

 

"Scape Goat is our award-winning Pale Ale. It is a very smooth brew, refreshing and well-balanced. Scape Goat took home the Gold Medal from the North American Brewers' Association competitions as the best English-style pale ale brewed west of the Mississippi, but only because it is the best."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark golden amber/copper color with a solid inch of white foam sitting on top and some nice lacing as well. Clean and clear. Sometimes the condensation on the outside of a glass of beer just makes your mouth water!

 

Aroma - slightly citrusy, orange peel, caramel, dark bread, biscuity and some hints of earthy hops. Very inviting! 

 

Taste - tangy sweet and citrusy. This is definitely on par for an English-style pale ale with the malt leading the way and the hops a little more subdued. Plenty of caramel malt flavor and some of that citrusy orange-peel bitterness coming in at the end. Its got a rather dry finish that really leads you right into another sip. It goes down almost too easy which is always a great sign! 

 

Overall - Absolutely delicious and the type of beer that I'd love to have a cooler of when hosting a barbecue or sitting around an early evening campfire. Something about this style of beer being canned just seems to work really well. I'd say Scape Goat made the transition from bottles to cans pretty much flawlessly and the flavor is probably even fresher from the can.

 

Excellent brew from the good folks at Big Sky. If you are lucky enough to spot any of these left on the shelves be sure to snatch them up because if they aren't already gone they will be soon. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - totally, this is a great brew to sit around a campfire with or bring with you tubing or kayaking. No complaints...at all.

 

Note - Scape Goat cans were limited to just a few markets as well as sold directly from the brewery. I'd be interested to know how the canned version tasted compared to the bottled version and just how quickly all the cans were bought up!

 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company
City: 
Missoula, Montana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale and Crystal malts
Hops: East Kent Goldings and Crystal hops
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: ???
Date: June 18th, 2010

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Thursday, June 17th 2010

Upslope Pale Ale
(Upslope Brewing Company)

Upslope is the newest member of the Boulder brewing scene and the only brewery in town to can their regular releases. As they only can two of their beers and don't distribute too far from home I was happy to trade a few local brews for some of these. Cheers!

 

From the Upslope site:

 

"This clear, crisp, dry pale ale is our signature beer. It’s refreshing characteristics, and signature dry finish, blends smooth malt flavors with a unique spicy hop bitterness. This will be the “go to” beer on any camping trip, fishing excursion or music festival."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - pale golden in color, sort of straw like and slightly opaque. A thin wispy white head crowns this beer with some lacing inside the glass. 

 

Aroma -  caramel sweetness with just the eenciest hint of hops. Some buttered toast smells come through along with faint aromas of black pepper and freshly cut grass.

 

Taste - definitely on the lighter side of hoppiness when it comes to American Pale Ales. Some nice peppery flavors combine with some citrus and plenty of caramel maltiness to bring about a very nice full-flavored beer. 

 

Overall - more than anything I'd have to say that Upslope's Pale Ale is rather neutral. It has no real defining flavors or aromas, it just sort of is. I don't know how else to describe it. Its a very non-offensive beer that I really think would go over well at a party full of randoms. Hell, its a great beer for a long afternoon of pitching horse shoes or shooting the shit and making some new friends and if that isn't enough it comes in a nice shiny package that is sure to intrigue anyone (including your cat). 

 

Would I buy more of it? - not sure just yet. I think I need to try the Upslope IPA before I make a call on that.

 

Note - Upslope Brewing was founded by Matt Cutter and Danny Pages. Pages had been brewing in Ushaia in Tierra del Fuego in the very southern tip of Argentina before moving north. They started the brewery during the "hop crisis" and to get around this issue they imported hops from Pages' native Argentina and they continue to brew with Patagonian cascade hops to this day. 



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Upslope Brewing Company
City: 
Boulder, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. bottle
Malts: Rahr malts
Hops: Patagonian Cascades
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: June 17th, 2010

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Saturday, May 21st 2010

Caldera Pale Ale
(Caldera Brewing Company)

Another great looking can from Caldera. Is anyone else on board when I say that cans offer a lot more graphic appeal than bottles (labeled bottles I mean, screen printed bottles are a different story)? 

From the Caldera site:

"A West-Coast style pale ale balancing plenty of hops with a malty backbone. "

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - dark golden, not a light-colored pale by any means. Orange with splashes of yellow and a frothy half inch of bubbly white goodness on top.

 

Aroma - citrus-y and cascade-y. Plenty of fresh floral hop aroma combined with a solid amount of sweetness. It has a light piney smell along with that of cake frosting (perhaps?). Hmm...works for me.

 

Taste - damn good. I'd leave it at that but I suppose a person wants to know a little more. A big sip delivers a bitter hoppy bite that is subdued calmly and respectably by a dose of malty medicine. Things are balanced and smooth with just a hint of sharpness in the finish. Love those cascade hops and the fact that this is a close 50/50 when it comes to the malt to hops flavor ratio. Great pale ale from the folks in Shakespeare land.

 

Overall - I really enjoyed this pale ale. This is a very drinkable brew and I mean that in every way possible. Its simple yet flavorful, hoppy but also balanced. Its simply a very good beer. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I wish I could get some more of these, actually I wish I could get more of all the Caldera cans as I really enjoyed each of them very much. Cheers!

 

Note - Caldera currently cans three of their beers. Along with this pale ale you'll find their Caldera IPA and Ashland Amber Ale also rockin' aluminum outfits.

 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Caldera Brewing Company
City: 
Ashland, Oregon  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Premium two-row, Light Munich and Crystal
Hops: Cascade
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 55
Date: May 22nd, 2010

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Friday, May 14th 2010

Pine Belt Pale Ale
(Southern Star Brewing Company)

Pine Belt Pale Ale is one of three beers that Southern Star is currently releasing in cans. The others being their Bombshell Blonde and Buried Hatchet Stout. Pine Belt Pale was first released in cans in March of 2008 and is the only one of the three that is available in 16 oz. pint cans.

From the Southern Star site:

"A deep copper colored ale with a substantial malt backbone accented with British crystal malts with aggressive hop bitterness and substantial American hop flavor and aroma. The yeast profile is neutral."

Here we go...


Pour - pretty dark golden to auburn in color. I guess you could call it copper or even rusty in color. A big bubbly off-white head tops this one quite nicely.

 

Aroma - what is it about hoppy beers in cans? The hop aroma is so much more intense. Pine Belt Pale Ale has a great fresh skunky, dank sort of piney/skunky hop smell that just sucks you in like you just stuck your head in a bucket of hops. Behind all that hop goodness is a bit of caramel or brown sugar sweetness that just makes you feel good about this beer.

 

Taste - one big sip and I've been seduced. There is a lot of hop potency up front followed by a very sweet syrupy back. I'd say things are pretty balanced and even though all of the super fresh hop aroma that was present earlier doesn't quite come through in the taste, this is still a winner. Pine Belt Pale leans more toward the malty side of the spectrum with some citrusy notes and a bit of an astringent quality on the tongue but its not enough to make any hophead worth their weight in hops turn a head. But hey, its a pale ale! This is very drinkable and the quality is very high. Seek it out and enjoy.

 

Overall - a maltier Pale Ale that is for sure, Pine Belt satisfies my thirst and delivers a lot of flavor and sticking my nose in that glass is pretty nice too! If you find some of this but it as you won't be disappointed.

 

Would I buy more of it? - Definitely, this is a very solid APA and you've got to love the pint cans! 

 

Note - The name "Pine Belt" refers to "a vast forested area taking in 43 counties along the Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma borders. It remains the source of almost all the timber in Texas.

  

 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Southern Star Brewing Company
City: 
Conroe, Texas  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Rahr special pale, Simpsons 30-37, Crisp 45
Hops: Galena, CTZ, Nugget
ABV: 6.3%
IBUs: 45
Date: May 14th, 2010

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Friday, May 14th 2010

Osiris Pale Ale
(Sun King Brewing Company)

Sun King has just recently released this beer as well as their Sunlight Cream Ale. These are the first two canned brews to roll off the lines at the Indianapolis brewery. Hopefully we'll see more in the near future. Love these pint cans!

From the Sun King site:

"Osiris Pale Ale is an assertive American Pale and is not meant for the timid. Crafted by our Brewers for our Brewers, Osiris blends three choice varieties of American hops to create a spicy, citrus hop punch that is sure to satisfy any hop head. Every batch of Osiris is dry-hopped towards the end of fermentation for maximum hop flavor, aroma and character."

Here we go...

 

Pour - super bright golden with some reddish hues and a very tight foamy head. This is liquid sunshine and its calling my name.

 

Aroma - talk about a super fresh hop aroma. Rarely do you find this much hop intensity from a so-called pale ale and I can definitely say that the can is really what keeps that aroma intense. So much piney and citrusy goodness flowing from the top of this glass. A touch of sweet malt accompanies the waves of green goodness all the way to my nose. 

 

Taste - a little puckering right off the bat, this drinks more like an IPA than a pale ale. Great caramel sweet maltiness balances things out very nicely, but man are those hops assertive. This finishes super crisp and a bit dry. I am really impressed by this brew as its my first from Sun King and a very recent canned release. 

 

Overall - I've had less hoppy IPAs! Osiris is a bold and hopped up pale ale that will keep any hophead happy and since its got a drinkable ABV this is a hoppy brew you can enjoy quite a bit of without getting burned out or tired. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - I'd love to be able to get more of these. Thankfully I've still got to work my way through the rest of this four-pack, but after that I'll be jonesing. Don't miss this one if you can get it!

 

Note - Osiris, one of many names in which this deity is known, was considered to be the Egyptian god of the dead or ruler of the afterlife. 

 

 




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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Sun King Brewing Company
City: 
Indianapolis, Indiana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 50
Date: May 14th, 2010

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Friday, April 23rd 2010

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company)

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is one of three brews that Anderson Valley is now putting in cans. The others being their Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema and most recently their Boont Amber Ale. I say the more the merrier! Keep 'em canning.

From the Anderson Valley site:

"When the phrase “California Style Ale” is used, Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is the one that comes to mind. The golden color and generous use of Pacific Northwest hops establish a distinct style, separate from any domestic or European beers. Our honey-gold pale ale is crisp and clear, with an unusual lightness and dryness for such a full-flavored ale. The arousing abundance of hops adds both a floral bouquet and a lively, citrusy finish. It is excellent alone, or with full-flavored meals and spicy dishes."

In "Boontling":

“Rudy nebs, heelch hops, and malted barley make Poleeko Gold plenty bahl with any gorms.”

Here we go...

Pour - light golden orange, amber in color. Sort of reminds me of a half iced tea, half lemonade combination. Lots of steady little streams of bubble driving upwards and forming a good inch of thick foamy white head. 

 

Aroma - lemony citrus, confectioners sugar, orange peel, floral hops, sweet and sour malt and a bit of leather or sandalwood. 

 

Taste - first sip delivers some nice citrus bitterness followed by some floral hop flavors and a decent malt backbone. As this one is not over the top hoppy the maltiness is relatively light and makes for a very easy drinking, not too heavy pale ale. Their is a bit of a spicy, earthy finish to this beer that is quite interesting and I really like it. Poleeko Gold has a crispness that makes this a great beer on a hot day or a warm night. Altogether I'd say you've got a very good American Pale Ale here. Cheers Anderson Valley!

 

Overall - Very refreshing. Its nice to take a break from "big" beers and enjoy something simple and delicious. Poleeko Gold is a very straightforward yet enjoyable Pale Ale. Plenty of hop flavor and the perfect ABV when you are having more than one.

 

Would I buy more of it? - yes, for sure. This would be perfect for camping or a round or two of disc golf (Did you know that Anderson Valley has a disc golf course at their brewery?). Definitely sessionable with plenty of flavor and hop profile!

 

Note - (From Wikipedia) Anderson Valley Brewing Company often uses words and phrases from the local "Boontling" lingo on their bottles and packaging, as well as in some of their beer names (e.g. Hop Ottin'). Their products can be recognized by their distinctive packaging featuring the company mascot, the "Boonville beer". This fictional Anderson Valley native is part bear, part deer and looks like a bear with antlers.



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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company
City: 
Boonville, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 28
Date: April 23rd, 2010

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Friday, December 4th 2009

Red Racer Pale Ale
(Central City Brewing)

We absolutely love Central City's almighty Red Racer IPA so their Pale Ale was definitely on the radar. These guys up in BC really know how to use their hops and we're hoping to see more of their beers here in the US soon!

From the Central City site:

"The beer lover's pale ale. Big and bold with lots of flavour from the use of crystal malt and hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington State. A good pairing with pizza, prime rib, steaks, burgers and chicken."

Here we go...

Pour - medium golden in color, bubbly goodness with a very thick, fluffy head that leaves tons of lacing on the inside of the glass. Good stuff!


Aroma - good amount of hoppy goodness in the nose. Citrus combines nicely with the malt back to this pale ale. All is as it should be. Spot on for an American, or Canadian as it may be, Pale Ale (APA). 


Taste - lemon and orange citrus flavors, floral hoppiness and a good deal of malt sweetness to even things out quite well. Nothing fancy as far as taste goes but this is one very drinkable pale ale. Plenty of fresh hop flavor packed into this one. 


Overall - I'd have to say it win's out over quite a few Pale Ales in my opinion. It's balanced and has a certain quality to it that really does it for me. Easy drinking and portable. Perfect for any outdoor adventure. 


Note - After checking the Central City website it appears that they offer quite a few canned craft beers. They include their IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, White Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Winter Ale and now an ESB.

 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Central City Brewing Company
City: 
Surrey, British Columbia  
Country: 
Canada  
Container: 355 ml can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: December 4th, 2009

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Friday, October 29th 2009

Phoenix Pale Ale
(Sly Fox Brewing Company)

One of SIX beers that Sly Fox currently cans. Phoenix Pale Ale is taking on the big boys in the PA canned beer market and doing quite well. Quite a beautiful looking can with some colors that almost match the beer inside perfectly!

From the Sly Fox site:

"A bold American Pale Ale brewed with Pale and Crystal malts and hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. Copper in color, medium-bodied and spicy."

Here we go...

Pour - Dark amber in color, definitely not a pale looking pale ale. Head is big and fluffy. To think, this came out of a can!

Aroma - Some caramel, a little sour and musty along with a grainy sort of smell.

Taste - Bittersweet would be the way I would it. Its sort of like the bitter hops and sweet malt blend together extremely well and produce a beer that has the flavor of brown sugar and honey combined with a subtle citrus taste. Its not "hoppy" per se, but its also not an amber ale...but it's close.

Overall - Very drinkable and non-offensive. It isn't going blow your mind but after two you'll realize its nice that beer comes in six packs.

Note -  Sly Fox runs two brewpubs and has a production brewery. They currently can and bottle their beers, produce a ton of great draft only options, come out with some great Belgian-style ales and are the only folks we know that put on a goat race every year  - with the winner getting to be the namesake for that year's Maibock release. 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Sly Fox Brewing Company
City: 
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale and Crystal
Hops: Centennial and Cascade
ABV: 5.1%
IBUs: 40
Date: October 29th, 2009

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Sunday, August 30th 2009

Dale's Pale Ale
(Oskar Blues Brewery)

For many this was the beer that made them first realize that good beer could come in a can. For many more others this will one day be that beer. The revolution has only just begun. Regardless of when people realize good beer can be found in cans, Dale's Pale Ale will always be synonymous with what Oskar Blues has dubbed "the canned beer apocalypse."

From the Oskar Blues site:

"We think of it as the perfect, everyday beer for hopheads like us. Dale's Pale Ale's rich flavor has helped us make many new fans, and its numerous honors have helped us kick huge holes in the misconceptions regarding cans.""


Here we go...


Pour – a very pretty dark honey amber color with some nice ruby notes. The head is a very thick and fluffy off-white that really compliments things well.

Aroma –fresh hop aroma, some sweet malt or caramel and some citrus notes.

Taste – some piney and citrus hop flavor pours out along with a very balanced sweet malty backbone. Like Oskar Blues says, this is somewhere between an American Pale Ale and an IPA. Its got the strength and the hop profile to squeak in as an IPA but nothing wrong with it being a very hoppy Pale Ale either. 


Overall - very solid pale ale. Easy drinking that is for sure and perfect for any camping adventure or backyard BBQ. Oskar Blues sells a ton of these little blue cans and for good reason.


Note - Dale's Pale Ale is named for Dale Katechis who opened Oskar Blues in 1997. It was first canned (by hand) in 2002. 


 


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
City: 
Lyons, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: European
Hops: Centennial
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 65
Date: August 30th, 2009

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Wednesday, August 26th 2009

Porkslap Pale Ale
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)

Porkslap is a name you're sure remember. The image of two pigs that look like they're slam dancing will also be something you won't easily forget. Put those unforgettable things together and you've got yourself a fine farmhouse brewed pale ale from Upstate New York.

From the Butternuts site:

"Porkslap is a new interpretation of the English Pale Ale with a hint of fresh ginger spices (and without their tendency toward cross dressing). It’s balanced, not overly bitter, easy to drink and incredibly refreshing. We brew PorkSlap with two row barley and a little chocolate malt for color. It pours orange and crystal clear with a frothy white head. If your nose is working, you might get a little malty whiff that soon gives way to pure thirst quenching goodness and happy satisfaction. The finish is clean, crisp and dry, and it plays really nice with spicy food like tex-mex, bbq or hot wings. Go ahead. Slap that pig."


Here we go...


Pour – a dark amber color with some nice peachy colors thrown in. It looks unfiltered as its rather dense looking and somewhat opaque. The head is a good size and pretty dense. Not bad right out of the can.


Aroma – sweet orange and ginger. There is some grainy smells as well but mostly its a spicy ginger aroma that I am getting. Quite unique as ginger is not advertised anywhere on the can nor in the description.


Taste – a big sip and all I can say is this is a very easy drinking pale ale. Its got some maltiness up front, some citrusy hop bitterness on the tongue but overall its the nice subtle ginger spiciness that really gets me. Its such a nice touch and maybe some of you purists will think I am crazy, but I really like it. There are some unique flavors going on here and if you are looking for traditional pale ale flavor you'll find some of that but not all of that. I like it, a lot.


Overall - Porkslap really does its own thing and I commend Butternuts for that. It seems there is a fine line between being creative and being commended for it and being creative and being asked "why would you do that?". Ginger is a great addition to this beer, so don't be afraid. Try this one with an open mind and "go ahead slap that pig".


Note - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer.  The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009.  Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.


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Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Butternuts Beer and Ale
City: 
Garrattsville, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 2-Row North American Barley, chocolate malt and English Crystal Malt
Hops: Crystal
ABV: 4.3%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 26th, 2009

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