Monday, July 7, 2008

Crabtree Jeff's Pale Ale review

Crabtree Jeffs Pale AleTonight's beer review comes from the last of the three different beers from Crabtree Brewing Company that I picked up direct from the brewery. This beer is named after the brewer - Jeff's Pale Ale. This American Pale Ale weighs in at 5.0% ABV and with a 45 IBU rating. I've had several pale ales before and was eager to sample this local brew. I had tried a small sampling on tap from the brewery and didn't feel like I had enough to review it then so I opened up a fresh 12oz bottle for a full tasting.

This beer was served cold out of the fridge and poured into a snifter glass. The beer poured a cloudy copper color with a decent two+ finger white head. The head quickly melted into just a slight 1/4" bead which lasted through the entire sampling. The cloudiness was most likely due to chill haze as it started clearing as it warmed up.

The aroma was a bit of a surprise. I was first hit with a spicy hoppiness but was also mixed in with a slight hint of butter. As the beer warmed during the sampling the buttery aroma became more apparent.

The beer itself was decently carbonated as there were noticeable bubbles rising from the glass. The taste was at first slightly sweet but then followed by a mix of hop bitterness which seemed a bit off balance. Again, the buttery aroma came through in the taste and made for some slow drinking.

I must admit, I fell in love with their Boxcar Brown and the Twisted Creek Wheat, but this beer needs a bit more work before they get it right. While I finished the entire glass of this pale ale I asked myself whether or not I'd want to drink a second one of these. I believe that I could be a bit hesitant to do so. This isn't one of their best.

Being a fairly new brewery, Crabtree beers don't have a lot of reviews on the beer rating sites yet, so the jury is still out on this one. But as I reviewed it, I'd give this beer just an OK rating and a yellow caution flag. Give this one some time and another bottle of this will most likely be better.

Related article:
- Crabtree Boxcar Brown and Twisted Creek Wheat.
- Supporting my local brewery (Crabtree).
- Crabtree taps it's Braggot.

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