Advent beer Review #9: Mr. Needles Fir Pale Ale from Parallel 49

20161209_211951.jpgFrom the label:

One of the best parts of the holidays is heading out to pick the Christmas tree , we’ve saved you the trip and brought you this balanced pale ale brewed with real fir trees and lit up with resinous hop character , all of the enjoyment without getting sap on your hands.

This beer pours out a pale amber colour with a couple of fingers of white head that stuck around a while and left decent lacing.

The nose is mildly hoppy like and English pale ale, but with a sappy fir tree aroma playing at the edges—like drinking a beer under a Christmas tree. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with mild carbonation, and a dry finish. The palate is dominated by bitter fir needles and resinous hops, with a very mellow biscuit malt undertone.

I’m kind of in two minds about this beer. It has a good balance of hops and fir, but everything feels a little subdued. I would have liked to have had MORE hops and MORE fir, but I can understand how that would repel a lot of people. I feel like Phillips did a much better job with their Sky High Grand Fir Ale last year, but this is a very good attempt.


Rating: 3.75/5