Archive for the ‘American Pale Ale’ Category


Day #319 – Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale

November 16, 2011

Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale


This beer comes from Left Hand Brewing. It is an American Pale Ale at 5%. Not much to this so we’ll skip straight to the review.

Bottle from Central Market. This beer pours a clear light orange color with a small ring of white head.

The aroma is pretty light. Grainy, faint hops and leaves. Not much there.

The flavor matches the aroma in that it’s rather plain. Slightly sweet grains, dry notes that end in a hoppy bitterness. Nothing special really.




Day #282 – Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

October 10, 2011

Stoppin in at the Ginger Man to grab my glass, then a quick kickball game and on to watch the Rangers hopefully take Game 3 in the series. Walk off grand slam last night…INSANE!!

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

Victory Brewing is based up north out of Downingtown, PA. I have realized I have not reviewed nearly enough from these guys and will try to make more of an effort from now on to do that. This is an American Pale Ale at 5.2%. It is said to have been brewed with the very pure waters of the Brandywine Creek that passes near the brewery, hence the name.


This beer pours a clear light amber color with a small amount of head. Some light white foam can be whipped up when agitated.

The aroma is grassy, spicy/earthy hops with a sharp bitterness too. Light grainy notes, almost tea-like.

Flavor is dry, hoppy bitter with a sweet touch of grapefruit and leaves. Dry lingering bitter on the finish. Not bad but just a tad dry. Certainly well hopped.



Day #228 – Lagunitas New DogTown Pale Ale

August 17, 2011

Long night but I’m finally getting around to my blog beer for the evening.

Lagunitas New DogTown Pale Ale


I featured a Lagunitas beer last night and found another one in my fridge tonight so I figured, why the hell not? This one is an American Pale Ale at 6.2%. Apparently Lagunitas brewed a DogTown Pale Ale awhile back, but decided to change the recipe, which makes this one the NEW DogTown Pale Ale.

I’m using my nice Lagunitas glass for tonight’s beer as it seems to fit in very well.

The appearance for this beer is very clear. It has a light orange color with a decent sized white foamy head.

The aroma is strange; there’s no other way of saying it. I was expecting hops but what I ended up smelling was like….cold pizza and sausage with peppers? See I don’t know what to say here because this is SUCH an odd aroma….especially for a pale ale. It’s just strange and I don’t remember that from the first time I’ve tried it.

The flavor is spicy and hoppy. Peppery notes, some mexican flavorings and sausage notes. I don’t think I am down with this at all! And that’s shocking because I’ve had this beer before but I don’t remember it being like this in the least. Dang.


Cheers anyway!


Day #226 – Boulevard Pale Ale

August 15, 2011

Well today marked the end of my summer, officially. My week of teaching/staff development trainings begin for my job this week, and classes begin next week. While I’m sad to see this summer go, (which has brought me loads of great beer) it will be nice to slip back into my normal schedule again. Perhaps I can get back on the track of trying a beer every evening and then posting about it. I must admit it’s been frustrating recently when I’ve had SO much going on in my life, and it’s been increasingly more difficult to squeeze out a blog post. But like I said, hopefully that will change.

Boulevard Pale Ale


I am shocked….absolutely SHOCKED that I have let 225 days go by before featuring a beer from this fantastic company! Boulevard Brewing Company is based out of Kansas City, Missouri. They distribute several beers to our area, and most of these are big beers that come in caged and corked 750ml bottles. Perhaps this is why I have yet to feature them because I do not buy large format bottles very often. Well I happened across a 12 ozer and I will feature that today. It is their American Pale Ale that holds 5.1% ABV. This should be a standard from them.

This beer pours a clear copper orange color. It’s very bright and brilliant with a very foamy off-white head response. Quite foamy.

The aroma is a little dusty, dry malts, some bread and latent hops. There are certainly hops in this but they are not nearly as obtrusive as the ones I picked up last night.

The flavor is very bready and malty, with dry bitter flavors coming through the middle. I can taste a bit of the hops but not a whole lot. I remember this being way hoppier the first time I tried it, granted that was like 3-4 years ago!




Day #212 – Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale

August 1, 2011

At a tasting tonight and I came across something that I know is available here. It’s from a very reputable company so hopefully it’s good.

Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale


Rogue started their Chatoe series a few years ago and they label it as “GYO”. This stands for Grow Your Own, in which they grow their own ingredients on site and use only that in brewing. This one is made using only one strain of everything, malt, hops, water and yeast. All from on site.

Pours a hazy orange color with a huge fizzy white head. This beer opened as a gusher, and it gushed and gushed.

Aroma is a bit bland. Malts and grains with some grassy notes. Not too much more to it than that.

Flavor is dry, some grains and a whole lot of boring. Not too impressed here. Oh well.




Day #211 – Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale

July 31, 2011

I’ve finally got a beer from the great state of Hawaii and I’m shocked I haven’t reviewed anything from this brewery before! They have several things available in our area, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale


Kona is brewed in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. As I mentioned previously they have several products available in our area. This one is their pale ale. It rings in at 5.9% ABV.

This beer pours a very clear, dark orange color with a frothy white head.

Aroma is sweet grapefruit notes and hops. Sweet malts and other dry fruity notes.

Flavor is sweet malts, with a dry grainy flavor. The hops impart a bitterness that can be felt on the finish. Pretty standard.




Day #80 – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

March 22, 2011

Day number 80 and today I am reviewing an all time classic!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada is the 2nd largest craft brewery in America, just behind Boston Beer.  Their pale ale is highly regarded and is known by homebrewers everywhere.  Why is this?  Due to the fact that it is bottle conditioned.  This means that just prior to bottling, a small amount of fermentables are added to the beer, which the yeast continues to ferment in the bottle.  This leaves a light layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle which is easily cultivated for use in another batch of beer.  Because of this, homebrewers can easily save this yeast and create a pale ale of their own.  Unfortunately I do not have a glass for this beer, which blows my mind!  I need to work on that.

Something to keep in mind while pouring a beer that is bottle conditioned; it has a light layer of yeast at the bottom that will change the flavor of the beer is drank along with it.  Sometimes that can be a good thing, sometimes not.  Yeast add a very bready, often fruity flavor which might not pair well with the beer.  When pouring a beer that is bottle conditioned, pour it very slowly while leaving the last quarter inch of beer in the bottle.  This should keep most of the yeast in the bottle and out of the beer.

This beer pours a fairly clear copper orange color with a slight bit of haziness in it.  There is a nice white head that is held at the top of the beer.  Quite nice.

The aroma is very hoppy.  Lots of pine esters and citrus fruit.  It has a fairly aggressive aroma, which to those not accustomed to how a good pale ale should taste like might find adverse.  I for one like it.

The flavor is also very hoppy and fairly aggressive.  Lots of pine notes and tree sap, with pine needles and OOOO grapefruit!  Lovely, that came out of nowhere!  Fruity finish with a big bitterness that lingers on from the hops.  Wow my opinion has changed quite a bit on this beer from the early days of struggling through a bottle.  This is an excellent example of an American Pale Ale, and if you like the taste of hops in the least you will enjoy this!