Bower City Pale AleJuly 1, 2001 Janesville, WI
Gray’s Brewing Company
Available: WI, IL, MN
This American style pale ale was named for the majestic American elm trees (bower) that used to line the Janesville streets before Dutch Elm disease was introduced and all but destroyed the great species.
Original gravity: 1053
Tracing its history to 1856, Gray’s packaging reflects a time almost forgotten. The diagonal label and naive graphics are delightful. Surprisingly light and golden for a pale ale, the beer is bright with an incredible head. Plenty of farm-fresh hops and malt are balanced in the nose with a slight nod toward the citrus-like hops on the palate. Finishes with a flare. I’ll serve it with hormone-free brats, strong stone-ground mustard, sauerkraut, farmhouse cheddar and poppy seed rolls.
- Charles Finkel
Maybe it’s just the end of a very long day, but I’m looking forward to tasting these beers and this one is the first. It doesn’t disappoint. Attractive, crystal clear, golden pale ale. Inviting simple pale ale aroma. Nothing fancy. Aroma speaks clearly. Flavor a balance of all things good about pale ale without any extremes of malt or hops. Well balanced. Well brewed. Very refreshing. Fantastic drinkability.
- Charlie Papazian
A truly pale pale ale, just a tad darker than a pilsner, as it should be. A gorgeous aroma of sweet biscuity malt and gentle hops, with the hops coming through powerfully in the mouth but balanced by citrus fruit and creamy malt. The finish is comparatively gentle, a long and lingering balance of malt and resiny hops. A superb refresher.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.