thing about pale ales and IPAs is that when they age they tend to turn
into amber ales which are more malty than hoppy. I’m inclined to believe
this is what happened to my can of Baxter Pamola Xtra Pale Ale – not a
bad beer, just probably an old specimen.
I poured a 12oz can into a flared snifter. The freshness date was illegible and it cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Slightly rusty copper/dark golden hue. Fairly clear with
noticeable haze and fine carbonation is visible. Pours to a small,
off-white, foamy head which never completely dissipates and leaves a
fair amount of lacing.
Smell: Sweet caramel maltiness with just a hint of piney hops.
Taste: If I were drinking this beer blind I’d probably assume it was an
amber ale as it has all the makings of one: sweet caramel and toffee
malt flavors along with some orange marmalade and toast. The hops are
reserved (though, they’ve probably just faded from age). There is a bit
of a lollipop and butterscotch flavor as well – usually indicative of
age and/or diacetyl. Only the faintest trace of earthy hops on the
finish. There’s probably a good brew in here somewhere, but it doesn’t
know how to get out. Some modifications to the recipe would help I’m
Drinkability: Looking the statistics on the can: 4.9% ABV and 27.5 IBUs,
I went into Baxter Pamola Xtra Pale Ale thinking it was a Session pale
ale, but if it is, it really doesn’t drink as such. The mouthfeel is
rather tepid and slightly slick. It’s not especially refreshing while in
the mouth, though I does finish clean. I expected more from this.