Steamworks Signature Pale Ale

Welcome back! Tonight, while I’m on the subject, I’d like to review my second purchase from the Spinnakers Liquor store! Seeing as how I don’t do much liquor shopping down at the waterfront, I was sure to pick up the things that I wasn’t like to find locally. With that in mind, my second selection was a six pack of Steamworks Pale Ale.

Having been to the base of operations many times, I can attest to the quality of their product. Located in Gastown, in the heart of Vancouver overlooking Coal Harbor, this brewpub has been in operation since 1995. However, my own experience with it goes back to 2006, when I first moved to the West Coast and began looking for a watering hole when visiting the mainland. One visit coincided with the 2010 Winter Olympics. Man, was it packed! In any case, here’s what I had to say about their “Signature” product.

Appearance: Pale orange/light golden amber
Nose: Very mild floral aroma
Taste: Coarse malts giving way to a bitter, citrusy hop kick
Aftertaste: Citrus rind, lingering bitterness
Overall: 7.5/10

Overall, I was somewhat surprised by this product. On the one hand, it had a malt characteristic that was consistent with a Northwest Pale Ale and a hop bite that is in tune with Cascade and Zythos (a special IPA variety) hops. However, I was surprised to note how mild the hop aroma is. With a nose like that,coupled with it’s mild color, one would expect it to not have much flavor. And yet, flavor is where it delivers the most. Interesting combo, worthy ale, worth trying!