Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bronx Pale Ale

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (906) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2013
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was a code of 0873 which I believe is a Julian code of March 28. It cost $3.50 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark, opaque brown (light, translucent orange in the light). Carbonation bubbles visible. Forms an average sized, ivory, frothy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: West Coast hops of citrus and candy, though mild overall. Some malty sweetness.

Taste: If you’re a new brewery you want a flagship beer that’s going to garner attention and I think The Bronx Brewery has started off on the right foot with their eponymous pale ale. The label describes it as a mixture of American, British and German malts and West Coast hops. You wouldn’t think these would pair well, but they do and surprisingly well at that.

The base malt flavor is quite European, reminiscent of a robust British pale ale or a German altbier. A mélange of toast, nuts, and biscuits lays the foundation for the palette. It’s not too strong, or cloying - just a nice balance of mild sweetness and earthy character. The hops come through quite prominently in the middle and impart a dry bitterness, but it’s nothing too high on the IBU scale (I assume). There’s a light confectionery sweetness on the finish and the aftertaste is fairly clean. Overall, a rather complex and well-balanced brew.

Drinkability: I had no trouble getting down my can of Bronx Pale Ale. In fact, I probably went through a bit too quickly. The mouthfeel is comfortable, rather soft, but still has noticeable carbonation energy. It’s easy to drink in sips or gulps and the hops don’t linger for too long (though I wouldn’t call this a refreshing beer). At 6.3% ABV it’s right where it should be in terms of body and weight and would stand up to a meal rather well. As tempting as it might be, I wouldn’t recommend sessioning this 
Grade: 8/10