Brought home a couple leakers after a day of canning a full 20 Bbl batch last week. I took the best of the cans so as to preserve an optimal carbonation (around 2.5). Tasted Saturday afternoon after an intense yoga session and an attempt to run. Pint glass served and reviewed prior to having lunch of leftovers from last nights curry dinner.
Appearance: Brilliant amber with the numerous bubbles rising to the surface of the beer. The head is made up of a scattered film across the surface, but otherwise very minimal in stature. Very attractive and clear, especially for doing a rough filter.
Aroma: Caramel and biscuit malt come through at the front while the hops make for a zest orange peel scent. Some notes of citrus (from the huge dose of late addition cascade). As the nose adjusts, I get a rich bready backbone to this beer, while the hops don't stray too far behind.
Taste: Bready and biscuit malt are present for the foundation of the beer. More sweet than a lot of pale ales, but still relatively balanced. The middle of the beer begins to develop a transition into the hop bitterness which isn't substantial, but isn't lacking either. Finally One can easily draw a minute amount of grassy bitterness with an orange zest character. The carbonation really helps push this through. As the beer warms, the grassiness becomes more apparent, especially in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well masked.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a bite from the carbonation that spreads evenly over the tongue. Drying finish and resinous
Overall Impression: It seems that this beer, for being a pale ale, has a lot more emphasis on the malt bill than most pale ale's. I think this beer could use a helpful hand from dry hopping, but then again I do not see it completely necessary because it still has a palate of one that could be used to entice a wider public. A great basic American pale ale.