Friday, September 20, 2013

Northbound Light Rail Pale Ale

 This review was lost in limbo for a week. Stuck inside my laptop after a spill was giving it trouble. Wasn't even beer this time, but the cocktail of cranberry & pineapple juice with ginger ale that I have with my dinner, every night at work. A week and too much money later, we're back in action, with the hard drive miraculously unscathed. That wouldn't have been a big deal, losing the notes on this one and the next review, but the following two would be hard to replace.
So now you know the details of why the normally prolific Bitter Nib came to a temporary screeching halt. We're back on track, and keeping liquids away from the hardware. This time, for sure!

Light Rail Pale Ale. Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub, growler dated. 9-14 (so this growler has 4 days to go.}

Clear, copper-y color, dark amber, with a small head, slimming down, settling out.

Aroma: highly hoppy, with plenty of fruity associations, loads of bitterness.
More fruit climbs on board, orange, lemon, grapefruit, mango…wonderful stuff.

Taste: Plenty of rich, dark, coppery malt flavors, with tons of hops on top. Loads of fruity flavor, tons of bitterness, much hops, all over the place. Medium-bodied, huge bitterness, easy-drinking.

Here's the official word from Jamie: This is a lightbodied, hop-forward pale ale.  Copious amounts of Cascade hops late in the brewing process, and another huge dry hop addition in the fermenter will remind craft beer lovers what they love about this style.  The intense hop aroma will make you think IPA, but the bitterness is dialed back to showcase the characteristics of this classic hop varietie.  And at 5.5% ABV, you can enjoy a few of them.

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