22
Dec
09

Beers of Milwaukee, vol. 24

A strange thing happens to pale ales when one crosses the 49th parallel.  In Vancouver, pale ales are bittersweet and malty, much like a nut brown: witness the pale ales from Okanagan Spring, Granville Island Brewery, or Dead Frog.  In Seattle, however, a pale ale is really an India pale ale writ slightly small (Sierra Nevada; Red Hook; Flying Dog).  I can’t explain this discrepancy, but I surely do appreciate the diversity it engenders — especially when I can get both sorts.

Which brings me to Hopalicious Pale Ale, from Madison, WI’s Ale Asylum brewery.  It is, as its label suggests, quite hoppy without being “crazy bitter” — not entirely to my taste, given how much I enjoy bludgeoning my palate with Ruination IPA, but nonetheless tasty and serviceable.  Definitely worth looking into for fans of hoppy beer.

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