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.
91 English Bay Pale Ale, Granville Island Brewing Co. (Canada). 5% ABV (2/07)
Rich amber color. Buttery caramel and nut aromas. A crisp entry leads to a frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body of clean roasted grains, butterscotch and sweet dried citrus flavors. Finishes with a refreshingly crisp and dry, mild earthy hops and pecan fade.
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, toffee follow through on a supple frothy entry to a dryish medium body with nut skin, slate and mineral notes. Finishes with a crisp, refreshing and balanced fade.
90 Pale Ale, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery (England). 5% ABV (2/08)
Deep amber color. Buttery caramel, sweet roasted corn and nut aromas. A round, supple entry leads to a dryish medium body with fruity caramel, nut and hay flavors. Finishes with a crisp, lightly astringent citrus and honeyed nut hop 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.
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.
87 Saranac Pale Ale, Matt Brewing Co. (NY). 5.5% ABV (2/07)
Amber color with a lacy head. Toasted grain and light caramel aromas. A frothy entry leads to a dryish medium body of roasted nuts, dried citrus and toast flavors. Finishes with a crisp, citrus peel and mild bittering hop fade.
85 Kentucky Ale, Alltech Lexington Brewing (KY). 4.5% ABV (2/09)
Brilliant amber color with a high fine foamy head. Mild earth hops and yeasty wet pizza dough aroma follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish medium body with a roasted root vegetable mélange and a chewy, caramelized malt and nut skin fade with a dash of dried orange. A nice pizza beer.
American Style Pale Ale
92 Track Town Triple Jump Pale Ale, Eugene City Brewery (OR). 5.5% ABV (3/09)
Rich hazy amber color. Aromas of toasty bread pudding, nougat and dried grapefruit follow through on a super smooth, satiny entry to a dryish medium body with chocolate crème brûlée notes. Finishes with a tart, kumquat, pine needle and peppery spice fade. A very nice combination of flavors and texture.
92 St. Ambroise Pale Ale, McAuslan Brewing Co. (Canada). 5% ABV (2/08)
Rich amber color with a thick, fine head. Honey, nut and mild tropical fruit cocktail aromas. A soft, silky entry leads to a dryish light-to-medium body of honey-drizzled grilled citrus, praline and delicate cocoa-spice flavors. Finishes with a refreshingly crisp, honeyed raisin nut toast and ruby grapefruit fade. Delicately poised and deliciously quenching pale ale.
92 Pale Ale, Cucapa (Mexico). 5.8% ABV (2/07)
Deep copper color with a lacy taupe head. Rich creamy dark caramel, dark chocolate and roasted nut aromas follow through to a rich medium-full body with layers of citrus marmalade and earthy hops on the long finish. Impressive!
92 Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Deschutes Brewery (OR). 5% ABV (3/09)
Pure pale amber color. Aromas of candied grapefruits and apricots with a hint of citrus shaving cream follow through on a round, plush entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with bread pudding and toasted nut notes. Finishes with a long crisp and refreshing honeyed citrus and pine-accented fade. A deliciously flavorful and balanced pale ale.