Sunday, July 19, 2015

Baxter Pamola Xtra Pale Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1406) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2015
The 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 sure.

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.

Score: 5/10

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