Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pale Dog

Today I decided to try Pale Dog, a pale ale brewed by Hops and Grain in Austin, Texas. A few weeks back, a PR agency representing the brewery asked me if I'd like to try a few. And as they say, the rest is history. This is the first of three they sent me to try.

The marketing piece they sent, their website, and the can all use the phrase "Sustainable Quality". On the side of the can, they give their "we love the planet" speech and point to using aluminum cans as one of the ways. They use sustainable brewing practices and give 1% of proceeds to local environmental groups. Cool!

The back of the can tells a story about Chairman Suzy, their dog who this beer pays homage to. Crap, I forgot to take a picture for you. Perhaps I can do it and update later. Let me try to find some motivation. Serve at 47°F in a pint glass. 6% alcohol. 50 IBU.

Malty and fruity aroma, a little apple, a little spice. Very pleasant.  Mmmm. Tasty beer. Fruity orange, rich and malty, at the beginning. More tropical fruits come next, really nice and juicy. Hoppy, piney, grapefruit citrus bitter balance. A little spicy too. Toward the end of each sip, there is a really interesting tanginess and a little bit of the alcohol left behind.

This beer has a big body, much more like a full IPA. But whatever, I don't really care about those classifications, just a comment. Very enjoyable and flavorful for sure! Not available in Florida, but if you're ever in Austin or their distribution area, check it out for sure!

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