The Mills River, NC half of the pack included: Russian River Yvan The Great, Allagash Myron’s Walk, 3 Floyds Chico King, Asheville Tater Ridge, Victory Brewing Alt Route, Bell’s Brewery Maillard’s Odyssey.Read more
One of the most popular members of the ale family.
Pale ale is warm fermented, and brewed with pale malts, which create its lighter color. And by lighter color, that’s in comparison to other darker ales in existence during the 1700’s when it was first brewed.
Many styles of beer are technically pale ales, but unless its an ale with the word “pale” in the title, check our “Other Ales” section.
We enjoy hoppy beer, and many pale ales on the market suffer from a lack of hops, and taste somewhat washed out. But luckily Saint Archer Pale Ale was not watery, and packed a hoppy citrus punch. Its smooth mouthfeel gave the impression of a lighter ale, with more hops than you would expect to find from its consistency.Read more
This AleSmith tap room exclusive takes L’il Devil, and adds fresh ginger during the brewing process. Its a Belgian-Asian fusion so to speak, which is what interested us in trying it.Read more
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat Beer was extremely thin bodied, almost like a Helles. I was expecting a bland beer for the shiny color, and lack of aroma, but I was pleasantly surprised. Its light weight, low carbonation, and sprinkle of citrus notes make Sunshine Wheat beer a very refreshing choice during the summer months.Read more
I had Olde Mecklenburg Rein Pale Ale on tap in the Charlotte, NC airport. There were about 5 or 6 beers on tap from North Carolina to choose from, and I’m convinced I picked the worst one.Read more
During a trip to North Carolina, I thought it’d be a good idea to pick up a 6 pack of regional beer to try. The sheriff and his six shooter jumped off the shelf at me, so I chose Lonerider Peacemaker Pale Ale.Read more
I know I’ve had a few of these along the road, but never for review. Going into the tasting my mindset was Summer Ale couldn’t be that great if I had drank it before, and don’t make it a point to keep buying it.Read more
What I don’t care for with some Belgian style ales, is they can be a little too heavy in the esthers.
Luckily Samuel Adams Belgian Session did not suffer from that effect, which I found to be its only redeeming quality.Read more
I saw Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale, and of course wanted to try it, but was afraid of having to buy 6-12 of them. Nothing is worse than having beer in the fridge that you don’t like. Luckily Vons saved the day, and had a few of them for individual sale.Read more
We previously tried the red wine version from the Vintage Ale Collection, Blue Moon Impulse. Long story short, Impulse was more refreshing, and better on all accounts. Blue Moon Proximity is a pale American wheat like Impulse, but it tasted more like wine, than wheat ale. There was not a harmonious taste balance between the hops and grapes.Read more
If the beer was inspired by wine, and came in a wine bottle, we figured why not drink Impulse right out of a red wine glass. You don’t get too many opportunities to drink a wine / beer blend, so you might as well live it up, right?Read more
Blue Heron Pale Ale is a member of Mendocino Brewing Co’s “The Legend Collection”, along with their flagship Red Tail Ale, and Peregrine Pilsner. This beer was not a legend, but somewhat disappointing. Knowing this company brews a quality product had me expecting more, but Blue Heron did not deliver.Read more