Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday Beer Review: Berkshire Ale Traditional Pale Ale (Berkshire Brewing)

Appearance: On the darker side for a pale ale, shading toward copper. Slightly cloudy (indicating that it's unfiltered) with rapidly rising bubbles. Off-white and lingering head with medium-sized bubbles.

Aroma: Fresh malty, not as hoppy as I’d expect from a pale ale. Somewhat citrusy aroma, although very much submissive to the malt aromas.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with no real astringency and surprisingly (given the evidence of carbonation in the appearance) little bite from carbonation.

Taste: Maltier than I expect from a pale ale with only mild hops flavor. Clean finish. Dry. No real aftertaste. 

Drinkability: This is the type of malty beer I’m enjoying lately, perhaps a reaction to the overdoing of hops these days. Not as hoppy as a pale ale should be but a very good beer by my standards. Scored on its own, I’d give it a 8.5 but as a pale ale it gets 7.5/10.

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