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19. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Brilliant beer. Simply fantastic. And if it was more common and easy to find, it would most definitely be added to my “any time, any day” list of beers. The correct amount of bitterness to contrast the slightly citrus notes. I definitely want to try more beers from Sierra Nevada – and definitely more of their pale ale.

5.6%/355mL

10. Murray’s “Nirvana Pale Ale”

Murray’s Craft Brewing Company describes this beer with some fairly dense beer-snob terms like  “biscuity/toffee flavours” and that they’ve combined an American Pale Ale with an English Pale Ale. Just read my past ten reviews and you’ll clearly see that I’m no beer snob.

The aroma is fantastic sweet and florally hoppy. They’ve certainly made use of the New Zealand grown Cascade and Hallertau. To match these great earthy notes, they’ve crafted a off-white head. Darker then other pale ales i’ve seen. And to top it off, it is as cloudy as a beer can be. Which is just great in my book.

Personally, I don’t get any toffee flavours. But I do get a wonderful bitterness and full mouthfeel that would most certainly, like they said, go well with spicy food.

330mL/5.0%

6. 4 Pines Pale Ale

One of the hops this Pale Ale uses is Citra. And it certainly lives up to it’s flavour profile with this brew. The citrus and spicy zing that hits you when you first take a sip is fantastically suited to its deep amber colour.

Despite it’s use of a 5 kinds of hops, this brew still has a seemingly lighter mouthfeel then you’d expect from a pale ale. The bitterness is up there, at 35IBU. But with the strong citrus hops, the bitterness had to be upped to balance out the flavours.

Lightly carbonated, but clearly this was perfected through various incarnations of the brew. I feel that if it had any more or less CO2, the citrus and spiced notes would pop way too much, or not at all.

A fantastic addition to anyone’s fridge of regulars.

330mL/5.1%

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