Pale Ale Américaine – Les Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, QC, Canada)


TL:DR – “dryish cereal barley malt with some wet cork aftertaste, overall boring.”


Pale Ale Américaine – Les Trois Mousquetaires, 5% ABV, 650 ml., (Brossard, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Here’s a most surprising and refreshing pale ale. Its hop leaves, grown on American soil, balance out lightly caramelized cereals with powerful citrus notes.”


  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Taste: dry light metallic cereal-biscuit barley malt dull soft bitter
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., August 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: No
  • What made an impression: the dryness of the malt

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Twisty steel top cap that broke, composite cork, hefty bottle. Pours clear copper orange with a nice 2 cm head,  fine micro retention, very active clustered activity.

Nose: cereal barley malt, biscuity, light toffee. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: dry-crisp,

Mid-palate: dry low metallic, cereal-biscuity barley malt, (lvl-1-sweetness), wet cork

Finish: dull subtle bitter hop

Summary: No power citrus notes detected in the advertised back label, but likely because of cellaring this for 6ish years. Decent mouthfeel, but the overall character of the cereal barley malts are quite boring. A disappointing Trois Mousquetaires brew.

Melvin Hubert MPA – Melvin Brewing Co. (Alpine, Wyoming, USA)


TL:DR – “big orange citrus went down smooth. Great stuff.”


Melvin Hubert MPA – Melvin Brewing Co., 6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Alpine, Wyoming, USA)


on the front-right label:

“Hubert, if I didn’t know you better, I might take you for an IPA, but after one sip, I knew you were a Pale Ale. With you sleek sophisticated approach to life and you general debonaimess. You smell of hoppy pleasure and the balance you possess is stunning. I promise not to misunderestimate you.”


  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: smooth balanced tangerine sweet barley malt smooth subtle bitter length
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $3.50 – 12 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: big tangerine flavour

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Aluminum can. Pours cloudy orange creamsicle with a small 1mm head, fine ring with a thin layer of retention, barely visible close knit micro streams.

Nose: orange citrusy hopped malt, light dank, big brightness. (lvl-8)-pungency.

Attack: sharp crisp bite, tingly mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tangerine, (lvl-3-sweetness), bursting orange barley malt

Finish: mild grainy exhale, lingering tangerine citrus subtle bitter hops, slight grassiness

Summary: A great balance of hops and malt, with a very appealing and appetizing orange citrus flavour profile. I wished for a bit more fullness and length in the mids but this went down just fine.

Aftermath Pale Ale – Black Market Brewing Co. (Temecula, CA, USA)

Aftermath Pale Ale – Black Market Brewing Company, 5.8% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Temecula, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

We created ‘Aftermath’ as an extremely drinkable Pale Ale that wasn’t just a reproduction of everyone else’s Pale Ale. Our unique blend of multiple hop varieties adds HUGE hop aroma and flavor, with none of the overwhelming bitterness of an IPA

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  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Taste: Smooth balanced bitter hop-metallic barley malt
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.10 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not memorable

Visual: Pours clear dark mahogany brown without a significant head, ringed retention with a large island, very steady micro streams

Nose: fragrant 50/50 citrus hops-sweet barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, soft-creamy, bitter hopped malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), citrusy stealth sharp bitter hops, metallic barley malt,

Finish: dry grass hoppy bitter

Summary: A very smooth sippable brew of sharp bitter hops that linger until the finish that is accompanied by a healthy dose of barley malt forming a robust body of drinkable pleasure. Can’t say I’ll remember this, but it was a good go.

Pale Ale – Four Winds Brewing Co. (Delta, BC, Canada)

Pale Ale – Four Winds Brewing Co., 5.2% ABV – 38 IBU, 330 ml, (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“Our American-style pale ale is a tribute to the origins of craft-brewed beer. A dynamic duo of Cascade and Centennial hops combine for a refreshingly bitter ale, varied with the subtle maltiness that gives way to a clean, brisk finish.”

Ingredients: Pale, munich, caramel pilsen and crystal malt. Chinook, cascade and centennial hops.

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  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Taste: Smooth crisp peach-citrus metallic dry grainy toffee barley malt
  • Where I got it : traded with my brother
  • How much: $priceless – 330 ml., sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: just okay

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with a smallish 1cm head, a spotty 1mm layer of retention, clusters of very active streams, sticky lacing.

Nose: toffee malt with light citrus hops (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: soft smooth & crisp

Mid-palate: peach-citrus hop oils, (lvl-3-sweetness), dry metallic, grainy toffee barley malt

Finish: lengthy hopped soft dry bitterness

Summary: Pretty decent, good a good balance of hop and barley grain profile. A tad too metallic for my tastes and the hops are on the dull side.

North Shore Pale Ale – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

North Shore Pale Ale – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the front-right label:

Our North Shore Pale Ale is a local secret – full-bodied with a copper colour and a sweet, mild caramel flavour. The finish is crisp and full of hops. This is a highly drinkable and approachable ale, great for making friends on the trial or buttering up the family.

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy smooth heavyish sweet toasted barley malt mild orange citrus hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear dark copper with a very creamy 1cm head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of very active streams, sticky lacing.

Nose: orange citrusy hops mixed with yellow florals, toffee barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: smooth creamy crisp

Mid-palate: fluffy CO2, (lvl-6-sweetness), bready toffee barley malt, light tangy-zingy alcohol

Finish: mild orange citrus hops, residual toasted barley malt

Summary: A pretty good full and creamy mouthfeel on this one, as well as a good balance of malt and hop presence. A bit heavy for a 5.5%, 1 glass is enough.

Men’s Room Original Red – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

Men’s Room Original Red – Elysian Brewing (AB-InBev), 5.6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)


on the front-right label:

“Brewed for The Mens Room radio show on 99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle, Mens Room Red is amber in color with a light hop aroma and toasty finish.”

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Crisp resiny hopped bitter metallic toasted barley malt
  • Where I got it : Traded with my brother
  • How much: priceless, sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: Pours clear brown-amber without much of a head, a thin layer of retention, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: sweet light toasted barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: quenching crisp bite

Mid-palate: immediate resiny bitter hops, smooth tingly CO2, (lvl-3-sweetness), bittersweet metallic toasted barley malt

Finish: hints of grassiness, residual grainy dry malt

Summary: Rather simple, short length and quenching mouthfeel – not terribly interesting. A bit above average but not worth seeking out.

 

30th Street Pale Ale – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

30th Street Pale Ale (APA) – Green Flash Brewing Company, 6.0% ABV – 45 IBU, 12 oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

“IPA on any other street

A hop-forward and locally inspired brew, this Pale Ale pays homage to San Diego’s craft beer corridor-30th Street. Uniquely floral and fruity notes from El Dorado, Cascade and Warrior hops mingle with a hint of crystal malt, to build the flavors presented in our legendary American Pale Ale. Well-bittered and dry hopped this longitme neighborhood favorite is bold enough to suit the discerning palates of hop heads in the land of sunshine and IPA.”

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Very bright clean tangerine-generic floral hop toasted barley malt dry resin-grassy hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3.60 (after 12.5% off) – 12 oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes!

Visual: Pours barely translucent orange with a smallish head, a superfine layer of micro retention, suspended sediment, clustered steady streams alongside tight singulars.

Nose: citrusy floral hops, malty backbone. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-fine entry, very crisp bite

Mid-palate: more fluffy creaminess, very bright tangerine-metallic hop oils, (lvl-3-sweetness), toffee toasty barley malt

Finish: LONG length dry soft bitter resiny hops, dry grassy finish.

Summary: Supremely clean hop oils and an amazing creaminess to go along with it. A bright showcase of the hops – thumbs up for the consistent quality of Green Flash brews.