City Pale AleNovember 1, 2002 La Crosse, WI
La Crosse, WI
Available: WI, MN, IA, IL
Since 1999, City Brewery beers have been produced at the site of the old G. Heileman brewery in La Crosse, WI.
Alcohol by weight: 4.3
Starting with great color and smooth aromatics, there is a refreshing balance between malt and hops; with the hops somewhat muted while still forthcoming. The beer has an even more pleasing tail where hints of bitterness meld with an ever-so-faint touch of smooth tartness as the latter gains slightly after the bitterness fades out at the end. This is a right drinkable thirst quencher.
- Fred Eckhardt
This beer has a pale honey color and stands an impressively thick head. The aromatics are boldly hoppy, with American varieties out front, showing grapefruit and tangerines. Robust but balanced hopping is held in check by a solid malt backbone contributing biscuity flavors on a bone-dry palate. The finish is dry, hoppy and minerally. A classic American pale ale, nicely balanced and full of flavor. A perfect compliment to spicy Mexican or Thai dishes.
- Garrett Oliver
Attractive, warm bronze color. Good, earthy hop aroma. Hoppy palate, gradually rounding into a firm, smooth maltiness. Drying out again in finish. Appetising. Some dustiness and slightly tart fruitiness. A sociable, appetite-arousing pale ale, heading in the direction of Calcutta. Two or three pints of this and it’s time for an Indian meal.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Styleand Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.