Pizza Port Graveyard’s Pale Ale

Pizza Port Brewing Company - Graveyard's Pale Ale

Brewed by: Pizza Port Brewing Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Variation: American
  • Limited: Yes
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • IBU: N/A

Notes: Canned for the first time in 2016.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Surfboards have a limited lifespan. Sometimes they die in a dark dingy garage and other times they go down in a blaze of glory in board crushing waves. In the fall of 2001, the Oceanside Sandbar got hit with a rare Southern Hemisphere swell. The O’side locals erected a surfboard graveyard with all the broken boards taken. Then in October came the day of the year, when surfers were getting right and left tubes at the same time all morning. More than a few board victims were added to the graveyard, as captured in this classic, iconic image by Steve Sherman. Let’s raise a can of this hoppy pale ale brewed with Mosaic and Australian hops to all the surfboards that gave their life in pursuit of perfect tube rides!

Hops: Mosaic, undisclosed Australian varieties

Malts: N/A

More Graveyard’s Pale Ale Images

First Impressions

Artwork: A re-print of Steve Sherman’s famous photo of the Oceanside Sandbar.

Color: Vibrant copper / bronze.

Aroma: Malt and berry goodness.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 16oz. Can

Served in: Stemless Wine Glass

With almost 25 years of history, and countless one-offs at 5 locations, it feels like Pizza Port has brewed a million different beers. With that extensive library of experimental brews at their disposal, odds are when they’re going to can something, it will be pretty special like this new limited release Graveyard’s Pale Ale.

Nowadays a Pale Ale amounts to a dialed back IPA, or gets the “Session IPA” label slapped on it. Don’t get us wrong, there are some standout lighter, yet hop forward pales on the market today, but where has the maltiness/balance to the style gone?

It was as if Pizza Port set out to solve that “problem” with Graveyard’s Pale Ale, and delivered a beer that harkened back to the good old days of a more full bodied APA. We loved this beer so much for its old-school appeal, with plenty of malt backbone countered by new age pungent hop flavor.

Graveyard’s Pale Ale poured a rich, hazy copper to bronze tone. It didn’t show too tall of a foamy stack, but the retention on this beer was absolutely amazing. This pale preserved (at least) a pinkie finger of creamy froth for the first half of the pint.

The rest of the way, a thin coating of delicate bubbles clung to the liquid, and left behind a solid sheet down the side of the glass with each sip. Its finely whipped head only helped accentuate the creaminess of this low-carb, medium bodied ale.

Graveyard’s featured a perfect balance of malt and hops, which is exactly what an American Pale Ale should be all about. Much like the aroma, it started off with mild berry, which quickly transitioned over to some woodsy floral notes and earthiness. The finish to this ale was all Mosaic hops, and it bathed our palates with a solid dose of that trademark citrus tang.

The only bummer about this beer was we didn’t have any Beer Buddies or a Pizza Monterey to pair it with…

But seriously, we are hoping this limited release was really just a beta test for how well received Graveyard’s was, and Pizza Port will add it to their core canned line-up going forward. After all, they are missing a pale ale.

Final Score: 4/5

4 Stars

Pizza Port Graveyard’s Pale Ale was a fantastic beer, and definitely a “throwback” pale ale. Not as in sessionable, but in the old school sense of what an American Pale Ale used to stand for – satisfying amount of malt, with just enough hoppiness pulling through.

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