93 Pendle Witches Brew, Moorhouse’s Brewery (England). 5.1% ABV (3/10)
Slightly hazy pale amber color with a lacy head. Pleasant mild toast and delicate caramel aromas follow through on a round entry to crisp, dryish medium body with a balanced and even, slightly nutty malt and grassy, earth hop fade.
91 Propeller Pale Ale, Propeller Brewing Co. (Canada). 5% ABV (2/08)
Pretty golden amber color with a fined, blanketed mousse. Pure roasted grain and nut aromas with a touch of fruity, but dry caramel follow through to a soft, supple entry leads and a dryish medium body with wonderfully balanced and restrained layers of nutty and fruity malt. Finishes with a crisp, refreshing smack of bittering hops and a lingering praline, citrus and peach marmalade fade.
90 Michelob Pale Ale, Michelob Brewing Co. (MO). 5.6% ABV (2/09)
Brilliant new copper penny color. Aromas of honeyed orange peel, barnyard haystack and toasted baguette follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with earthy nut, orange, mineral and pepper accents on the crisp, Czech pilsner-like fade. Clean and precise with a solid earth hop and nutty malt character.
90 Triple XB (XXXB) Classic Pale Ale, Batemans (England). 5% ABV (2/09)
Deep brilliant copper color with a layer taupe head. Mild aromas of dried cherries and peaches, dusty roasted nuts and toffee follow through on a supple frothy entry to a dryish medium body with nutskin, slate and mineral notes. Finishes with a crisp, refreshing and balanced fade.
90 Pale Ale, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery (England). 5% ABV (3/10)
Copper penny color. Mild roasted nut aromas and flavors with a smooth even, dryish palate and a dried raisin toast and treacle-like fade. A very nice session beer
89 Samuel Adams Pale Ale, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 5.3% ABV (3/10)
Aromas of butterscotch and dried apricot have a sourdough edge and follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with chewy raisin bread toast-like malt and a hint of corn frittata. Finishes with a crisp, creamy and foamy fade. Nice vibrancy and texture make this a pleasure to drink.
88 Anglers Pale Ale, Uinta Brewing Co. (UT). 5.8% ABV (3/09)
Rich amber color. Praline, dried peach and grapefruit aromas follow through on a soft, round entry to a dry medium body with toasty brioche notes and a mellow earthy hop fade. A nice, even session beer that will cover a lot of bases.
88 Pike Pale Ale, Pike Brewing Co. (WA). 5% ABV (3/10)
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate-covered roasted nuts, honeyed whole grain bread and faint soy follow through on a round, silky entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and an earthy, mineral, cocoa and dried citrus-accented fade. A nice food beer.
86 Lancaster Blonde, Lancaster Brewery (England). 4.1% ABV (3/10)
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted corn and salty root vegetables follow through on a round entry to a dry medium body with cracker-like malt and a chalky, grassy hop finish with good astringency.