Category Archives: Pale Ale

Happy Hops (Russian River Brewing)

For this round I wanted something more “drinkable” to go with my meal. I saw HAPPY HOPS on the board and thought, “A pale ale? That would go splendidly with my meal!”. And it was.

Happy Hops is a mixture of a blonde ale and a pale ale. This hard to categorize brew has an easy-drinking 5.56% ABV.

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Spencer’s Gold (Deschutes Brewery)

After the big hop bombs at Silver Moon and the chocolate sweetness of Afterschool Special, I was looking for something mild to finish off the night. I decided a nice little American Pale Ale would be a great way to close out the night at Deschutes. Being that their Mirror Pond Pale Ale is so tasty I figured that their Spencer’s Gold would be equally as fantastic. Well, I was half right. Spencer’s Gold is a mild beer with 45 IBUs and a simple 4.5% ABV. Continue reading

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Nirvana Pale Ale (The Brewhouse)

I few weeks back I took a random trip to Santa Barbara, California. While up there I was told that the Brewhouse was the place to go for good food and good beer, so I jumped in my car and headed that way. I was craving a little bit of hops so I ordered the Nirvana Pale Ale. This American Pale Ale is one of their year-round brews and has an easy drinking 5.5% ABV. 

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Red Chair NWPA (Deschutes Brewery)

Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale) is a seasonal brew from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery. This American Pale Ale has 60 IBUs, a 6.2% ABV and is available January-May.

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Brandy Chaos (Bootlegger’s Brewery)

Beer #8 was chosen simply because it was mentioned by the lead singer of the band that was playing the Bootlegger’s event. He mentioned how big and boozy Brandy Chaos was, so I had to try it.

Brandy Chaos is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. This beefy beer comes in at a mighty 10% ABV.

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Bourbon Chaos (Bootlegger’s Brewery)

I’ve decided that I’m going to write the reviews in the order in which I consumed the beers. Up first: BOURBON CHAOS.

Bourbon Chaos is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a 10+% ABV.

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Hop Trip 2010 (Deschutes Brewery)

Hop Trip is a fresh hopped pale ale from Deschutes Brewing Company. Available October-December, this American Pale Ale has 38 IBUs and a 5.5% ABV.

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