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Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond Pale Ale
April 26, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Slightly cloudy orange-amber with a small two-finger head. Grapefruit citrusy with pronounced bitterness at the end. Hint of vanilla. Syrup as the beer warms, but the bitter nip does not go away. Enjoyable and very well-balanced despite pronounced taste. Another of the “standard” craft pale ales.


Suiyoubi No Neko
April 12, 2013, 2:54 pm
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Cute kitty can. Japanese-made Belgian wheat beer. Slightly hazy pale yellow with little head. Tastes clean, candy sweet and straightforward, with little aftertaste. Lemon, crisp and smooth, but not particularly memorable and complex. Banana aftertaste. Bitterness is barely there. Very light beer.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
April 12, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Pours dark amber, with a modest head. Airy and delicious, mildly sweet and very well-balanced. Pine, grapefruit. Faint, lingering, aromatic bitterness at the end that lasts very long in the nose. Subsequent quaffs are sweeter and broader, very tasty and refreshing, without great bite. Probably the most drinkable and pleasant pale ale I ever had; a very safe choice that is of a high standard. Very coherent and well put together; if one element is changed even by a bit, I don’t think this beer will taste the way it does now.

Mikkeller the American Dream
April 6, 2013, 8:24 am
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Pours dark orange-amber, with a full foamy head. Initial smells of elderflower, pronounced bitterness of hops, yet not overpowering. Graduates into a good balance between the malt and the hops. Grapefruit with slight honey, and an citrus aroma that lingers. It is officially labelled as a pilsner, but tastes and drinks like a pale ale.

April 5, 2013, 1:52 pm
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5 April 2013

Huge blossoming lively foamy head, which seems to be organically growing all the time. Deep reddish honey colour. Salty and dry on first try, with strong carbonation. Before becoming bitter. As it warms up, it becomes sweeter and more watery, with a hint of caramel. Hops is most pronounced earlier on, but the bitterness is always in the background. Honey at the second pour and finish as the carbonation fizzes out (but still lingers). A lingering aromatic bouquet in the breath. Opened after a year in a bottle. The guy at the store (Thirsty) said that it is a one-of-a-kind Trappiste beer. He is right.

25 October 2013

Pour: Huge, organic, foamy, bubbly, 3-finger off-white yellowish head in my goblet. yellowish light brown (think old leather), thick and hazey.

Nose: Caramel, candy, funk. Very organic and yeasty, even pungent mould and barnyard smells.

Palate: Carbonation hits the tongue but fizzles quickly. Solid bread and candy, toasted malt. Ends dry with a slight hop taste, which gives the beer variety and added complexity and stages in taste without being too taxing on the palate. Even sour at times, plums and raisins and preserved fruits, with hints of red wine tannins.

A truly world class beer and one of my all-time favourites. This is my second time tasting this beer and my view that this is a truly unique beer with its own unorthodox taste is reinforced (not just amongst the Belgium abbey bears). This is a beer that teases, infuriates, confuses, and titillate, all at the same time, and has a different taste and creates a different experience each time I taste it with a different bottle. Since the experience of the beer changes somewhat with each batch, one can expect an interesting experience each time one pops a bottle. I wonder whether I am drinking the same beer when I read the reviews on Orval in Beeradvocate and I like beers with complexity and character, and this has miles of it.

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale
April 5, 2013, 1:44 pm
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Fantastic water; one can taste the difference that the water makes. It is just so much more deeper, complex, cleaner, clearer and drinkable, when compared to an average pale ale. Unpretentious and solid with no deliberate added deviations in terms of taste, which is probably what Victory wanted since they are seeking to showcase the importance and uniqueness of the water that they use. The water is the solid platform and medium through which the other basic components of the beer (hops, malt) perform and shine. Currently the best pale ales I have had (I think it is better than the Little Creatures Pale Ale).


Barely any head, orangey hazy. Wafts of perfumy grapefruit and lychee hits the nose easily. Lively taste that jumps in the mouth, bread, sweet balanced with grapefruit, casacade hops. An american PA that is just so much more exuberant and lively than other regular PAs I have tasted.