“Our flagship beer. This deep amber, American pale ale is brewed with five different barley malts, generous additions of Cascade and Centennial hops, and a unique strain of yeast. The British, German and American malts used provide a blend of caramel, biscuit, and nutty malt flavors. The kettle and whole leaf dry hops provide a gentle, pleasant bitterness with an intense floral and citrus aroma.”
It’s interesting to see the return of the ‘tinnie’. Especially when we’re talking crafties. This pale ale we served in a shaker glass. The deep amber/copper pour produces a tight 1 finger beige head that slowly collapses away to a film on top. Plenty of soapy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is offering a pungent yet balanced arsenal of resinous pine, grapefruit, orange peel, spice and aniseed all on a caramel malt backbone. Truly gorgeous aroma. The mouth feel struck us as quite metallic with medium carbonation (not sure whether this is an adverse effect from the can). Medium-full bodied. Flavour is packed full of hoppy bitterness but similar to the aroma it’s nicely balanced out by a decent malt profile. The fore flavour is dominated by refreshing bitter, grassy hops and pine needles. Some caramel malt and spice in the mid-palate is rounded off by a dry, bitter finish. 6.3% ABV is slightly evident in flavour but only adds to the body. Really impressed with this APA, to be honest we almost walked straight past it but we’re glad we spotted it. Excellent pale ale.