Thursday 18 August 2011
Three American pale ales
When it comes to pale ales, I’ve already mentioned the very tasty Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale, the delicious Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale, and the lovely Captain Lawrence Fresh Chester Pale Ale, in addition to various labels of the sub-species known as IPA.
To that tally, let me add three more.
We tried Ommegang Pale Ale from a growler one evening in Brooklyn, and sadly, we were a bit disappointed. We’d expected the citrus notes others have raved about, but didn’t find them. Any flavour disappeared quickly, and it came across as not very distinctive at all. I won’t give up on this one, however, as I’ve heard very great things about this beer. I’m going to buy a bottle on my next trip to the States to give it another chance.
Kirkland Signature IPA.
The pale ale pours copper, with healthily active carbonation building into a lasting head. The aroma is nothing much, it seems, but the taste is hoppy and refreshingly bitter. Not bad at all.
Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, however, was my favourite of the three. Billed as a “Belgian pale ale”, it had a wonderfully creamy smooth mouthfeel with a light bitterness kicking in later. Citrus notes round it all off -- even without the unnecessary addition of a lemon wedge the bar sought fit to jam onto the edge of my glass -- making this a very pleasant and drinkable beer.