Archive for the ‘English Pale Ale’ Category


Day #361 – Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale Ale

December 28, 2011

Yet another Real Ale beer coming down the pipe for you today. However at the moment it is 11:46 pm and I have just gotten home from a long day. Needless to say…this will be brief.

Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale Ale


This is one of the year-round offerings from Real Ale, and I’ve never gotten around to reviewing it because it’s alway available. This is an English Pale Ale at 5.2% ABV.

Bottle from Central Market poured into my Real Ale shaker. This beer pours a clear orange color with a fizzy white head. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma is bready grain,rye chips and wax candles. The good kind of candles though. Certainly hoppy as well.

Flavor is dry, slight bitter grain with an increasingly dry finish. Lots of hop flavor and bitterness but almost too dry. Better than originally thought.


5 left to go…


Day #288 – Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

October 16, 2011

This will be a quick review as I’m watching the NLCS to see who will play the Rangers in the series.

Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA


This is an English Pale Ale from Belhaven, which is based out of Dunbar, Scotland. 6.1% ABV.

This beer pours a fairly clear amber orange color with a light head. Head color is mostly white I would say.

The aroma is more malty than I expected, but now that I think about it I am more accustomed to American Ales with have a very different hop smell to them. This one is more earthy in comparison and I would say a bit more malty.

Flavor matches the aroma with an earthy taste and a malty backbone. The finish is rather bitter however and doesn’t necessarily lend me to getting another.




Day #149 – Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55

May 30, 2011

It’s Day 149 of my beer blog but also Day 1 of p90x for me, and BOY am I tired!  I went to dinner with my family and watched a movie and I was falling asleep the whole time.  I’m hoping tonight’s beer will be a quick and easy-drinker.

Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55

This beer is from the Brooklyn Brewing Company and was created in honor of Brooklyns World Champion baseball team.  I’m alittle surprised that I have not reviewed any Brooklyn beers until now.  They are a large player in the craft beer industry and distribute several beers to our area. This is also a new style for my blog (!) which is getting harder and harder to come by.  It is classified as an English Pale Ale.  There is a slight difference from a standard American Pale Ale by the hop varieties they use and a more even malt balance.  We should expect this one to be fairly easy to drink.  ABV 5.1%.  (Would’ve been cool if it were 5.5%)

This beer pours a clear heavy orange-copper color with a tall foamy head response.  I put it in this particular glass as a sneak preview of my plans for tomorrow night. 🙂

The aroma is malty and nutty, with some sappy-syrupy notes.  Slight hop aroma but they are of the earthy variety.  Definite strong aroma.

Flavor is spicy yet dry.  Malty notes for sure with a slight spice of hops.  There is also a prominent tea leaf flavor in this as well.  Medium dry finish.  Fairly refreshing.