...AND SPEAKING OF HISTORY
A LITTLE APA HISTORY, IF YOU PLEASE
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, brewed in 1980, was the first modern American Pale Ale, and is often credited as being the beer that started the craft beer movement. Although the first modern American ale, Liberty Ale, was brewed by Anchor Brewing in 1975 as a bicentennial tribute to Paul Revere's ride. It was a local favorite but didn't become a regular brew for the company until 1983. Until these ground-breakers came along, American brewers had gone almost exclusively to brewing lagers. Lagers are cheaper and faster to brew. Anything resembling a pale ale had long since faded from the American brewing landscape as beers became lighter and increasingly more tasteless. And with that abomination known as "light" or "lite" beer, American beers had fallen into an abyss of watery torpor. The reintroduction of the pale ale by S-N began to reverse this trend.
Our APAs this month included:
Dirty Blonde Pale Ale from Adirondack Pub and Brewery, Lake George, NY
Stranger Pale Ale from Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO
Headwater Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Co., Downington, PA
Live Pale Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Co., Lakewood, NY
Doggie Style Pale Ale Flying Dog Brewing Co., Fredrick, MD
Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery, Cleveland, OH
Imperial Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Syracuse, NY
Once again, we sampled the beers in order based on their respective ABVs. We have found that we can more honestly rate the beer on its own merits this way, rather than comparing it to a "bigger" beer we might have had just before it.
What the Brewer Says: "Single time brew. Producing British inspired ales in Syracuse, New York since 1995."
Color: Unfiltered honey
Pour: Better than decent head
Aroma: spicy hops
Body: Well toward Full
Taste: Notes of bread, nuts and yeast with sharp bitter finish.
Overall Impression: "Can't get enough"
Comments: "It's a glory in the mouth; WOW! That is nice!; It's like comparing men to boys; Happy Anniversary, Middle Ages; This isn't exactly a lawn mower beer, is it?; You can definitely taste the alcohol presence - in a good way; It has a great, warm after-taste."