The 12 Beer Reviews of Christmas #11: Spinnakers Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale

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From the label:

An emerging new-world style, this double pale ale uses a blend of both Northwest American bittering hops and old-world noble aromatic hops creating a complex and floral hop profile in a balanced strong pale ale with big body and lots of alcohol, yet still retaining a high degree of drinkability. Beware!

Stats: ABV: 8.2%; IBU: 36

Tasting notes:

This beer pours out an amber/gold colour a finger of cream head that disappears quickly, leaving no sign it was ever there.

The nose is bready and caramel malt, with a touch of earthy noble hops and a hint of citrus. The palate is a mix of crisp caramel malt and earthy herbal hops, but the malt is the dominant flavour; however, there is a bit of a metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

What is a double pale ale, you may be asking. Well, it’s basically a pale ale with a higher ABV, i.e. an imperial pale ale.

This beer has been around few a while now and I think it’s the first double pale ale I ever tried. However, I’ve since tried double pales from other breweries and they leave this one in the dust. The balance between the hops and malt is a little off. I know it’s not an IPA, but it tastes less hoppy than many pale ales on the market, which leaves it more like a slightly hoppy malt liquor. Also, that metallic after taste is very off-putting.

Rating: 3.25/5