Coronado Easy Up Pale Ale
Brewed by: Coronado Brewing Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Pale Ale
- Variation: California, American
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 5.2%
- IBU: 35
Notes: New year-round beer, canned for first time in 2016.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Relax with this fresh take on a smooth, flavorful ale. Cascade and Mandarina hops combine with bread malt for a sunny dash of citrus and hints of caramel sweetness. With this easygoing pale ale, you’ll have it made in the shade.
Hops: Cascade and Mandarina
More Easy Up Pale Ale Images
Artwork: Debut of the new Coronado Brewing can branding with ocean blue colors, and mermaid silhouette in the background.
Color: Copper to bronze tones.
Aroma: Very mild, slight grain with sweet citrus.
Arrived in: 12oz. Can
Served in: Goblet
Friday March 4th, 2016 was yet another historic day in San Diego craft beer history. As part of a brand refresh, Coronado Brewing Company released their first ever canned beers, with Islander IPA and Orange Avenue Wit in 6 packs. Not only that, but they used this monumentous occasion to to unveil another member of their “Core Series”, Easy Up Pale, also available in cans.
How do the mermaid’s new cans look? Fantastic! With a minimalistic vector silhouette of her in the background, and a reminder to “Stay Coastal”, Coronado’s new branding was very eye-catching. With each 6 pack purchased, Coronado threw in 2 free koozies, so between those, and their new go-anywhere-recyclables, they have us all dialed in for summer.
In the glass, Easy Up Pale’s slightly hazy body was that prototypical bronze / copper, to burnt orange color you look for in a pale ale. It poured a moderate head that dissipated fairly quick, but plenty of spiraling effervescence preserved a thin frothy sheet on top.
The mouthfeel to this pale ale was ridiculous. You don’t even know it’s there, except for a touch of sharpness at the end of each sip. “Did I just take a sip of my beer? I don’t know, better have another one to make sure.” That’s how smooth and drinkable Easy Up Pale Ale was.
It went down super clean, and right as the dry finish hit, we got a burst of that trademark Cascade citrus juiciness, along with bready malt sweetness. Of course we’ll always ask for more hops (greedy that way), but we had to respect the balance Coronado achieved with this ale.
We know Coronado named this pale ale after the outdoor sunshade you take to the beach or camping, but it could have also gone by “Easy Down”, since it was such a crushable beer. Our summer beer forecast just got updated to include many 6 packs of this awesome pale ale. Six of these (or more) will do nicely in an ice chest somewhere warm, once El Nino hits the road.
Final Score: 3.5/5
Coronado Brewing Company Easy Up Pale Ale was light, bright, and sessionable like a lager, but offered up an ample amount of hops to remind you it was an ale after all. Its splash of citrus was quite refreshing.