Archive for the American Pale Ale Category

Troeg’s Pale Ale

Posted in American Pale Ale with tags , , , on September 28, 2011 by Steve

Troeg’s Pale Ale – Brewed by Troeg’s Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA – 5.4%

This is an American-style Pale Ale (APA), and it’s a very good pale ale at that. Light hops (cascade hops), and just a real, crisp, tasty beer. No harsh after tastes, and one of the better pale ales I’ve had.

Final Rating  (3.5 pints)


Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale

Posted in American Pale Ale, Pale Ale with tags , , , on August 23, 2011 by Steve

Chamberlain Pale Ale – Brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company out of Portland, Maine – 4.9% alcohol

This beer is the reason I bought the Shipyard variety pack. Not because I’ve had it before or knew what it tasted like, but because of General Joshua L. Chamberlain himself. My mother is a huge Civil War buff and I suppose I picked up quite a bit of it from her. After seeing the movie “Gettysburg“, General Chamberlain quickly became my favorite Civil War General. Funny enough, he’s played by Jeff Daniels (of Dumb and Dumber fame).

Enough about that, on to the beer. I found it to be weird, but in a good way. It’s a pale ale that isn’t very bitter or hoppy at all. In fact, it tastes like it’s about to have that coffee/dessert thing going on like a stout would, but then it just disappears. Strange, but very tasty.

I’m a fan (though I’m probably biased due to that handsome picture of General Chamberlain on the bottle). It’s a good beer to relax with and I think even my wonderful girlfriend likes it. If you never tried a pale ale and want to venture out, this is a good starting point, or stepping stone. Definitely would have this again.

Final Rating – (4 pints)

Fordham Tavern Ale

Posted in American Pale Ale on August 20, 2011 by Steve

Tavern Ale – Brewed by Fordham Brewing Company from Dover, Delaware – 5.5% alcohol

This is described as being an American Pale Ale. It has a nice citrus smell and is complimented by a strong hoppy flavor that gives it a bit of a bite. Not entirely sure on the difference between an APA and an IPA (too lazy to look it up) but this seems stronger tan any of the IPA’s I can remember trying in the past.

It’s got an aftertaste that stays with you, and I can’t say I enjoy it too much. I think if they dialed down the hops a bit, it would be much better (side note: it seems that any beer in which they use these Cascade hops are strong like this). The bottle does warn you though: “Strong hop profile”. Strong is right. I’m a sure a lot of people like that, but me… not so much.

It’s a drinkable beer and gets easier as you continue to drink it, you just gotta muscle through it.

Final Rating:  (2.5 pints)