Last weekend marked the opening of the newest brewery on the scene in Abbotsford, Loudmouth Brewing. This brewery is looking to stay true to their name and make in your face beers that are still delicious and well-done. B.C. Beer Reviews popped in to try some out and came home with their Pale Ale. Let’s crack open this growler and see what’s inside.
B.C. Beer Reviews: Loudmouth Brewing – Hazy Pale Ale
This beer pours a slightly unclear golden-copper hue from the growler. In the glass it has some clarity to it, but it is somewhat hazy. It becomes a much deeper colour of amber. It stays true to the style of Pale Ale.
This is a very malty Pale Ale, leading me to believe that this could possibly be categorized as an American Pale Ale. The colour and the notes of cracker, slightly burnt bread with a touch of honey are notes you can typically get from the malts used in that style.
There are definite hop aromatics to this beer, but they certainly play second fiddle to the malts. They are light notes of citrus with a slight touch of earthy and woody notes in behind that. They are very subtle, but overall are quite pleasant.
Overall, this is a balanced beer in its aromatics. It could certainly be called an American Pale Ale based on the first two criteria of colour and aroma.
This is where the bright hop character jumps out at you. Where it was subdued and subtle in the aromatics, it is at the forefront on your palate, but not too much to the point of bringing it out of balance whatsoever. The citrus notes come through again, coming off like the sweet fleshy part of citrus fruits without the sharp sour bite or bitter pith. You still get light notes of earthiness and wood, but they are very much in the background now.
The malt/grain bill does not throw you any curveballs here. What you smelt is what you taste. Lightly burnt white bread, unsalted crackers and a slight touch of honey help to bring this beer back into balance with the strong presence of the hops.
Once again, this is a balanced beer on your palate. The citrus notes from the hops point to the use of American hops, another checkmark pointing towards this being an American Pale Ale.
While there is no bottle to speak of, the branding/labeling that Loudmouth Brewing is rolling with is sharp. Cursive lettering spelling out the name of the brewery in a light teal colour can be seen atop a background of burnt wood right above the entrance. Very good and distinctive branding.
This beer pours a moderate head. The retention of that head is minimal.
There is a light touch of lacing here and there on the glass, but it is nothing to write home about.
The body of this beer is light, yet smooth. It makes for a very easy-drinking and approachable Pale Ale.
This beer is overall a very well-balanced brew. The citrus, wood and somewhat earthy hop notes play in perfect harmony with the slightly burnt white bread, unsalted crackers and honey that the malt/grain bill presents you with.
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