Beer Review: Side Launch Pale Ale

December 3rd, 2014 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

“If I have a near-beer, I’m near beer. And if I’m near beer, I’m close to tequila. And if I’m close to tequila, I’m adjacent to cocaine.”
Craig Ferguson




It’s been a while since there was a cocaine, I mean beer review done, and this past weekend I was lucky enough to receive a lot of random beer from some great folks.  With that in mind, I figure it’s best to start writing some more reviews on the beer that I have, and figure midas well start with a local beer.  Side Launch Pale Ale, brewed up in Collingwood, is 1 of 3 of their offerings.  Side Launch also has a Wheat beer and a Dark Lager.  Per the Side Launch website, The Pale ale is a Canadian Style Pale Ale, with an Alcohol percentage of 5.3 and an IBU rating of 35.  This puts this style of beer along side Mill Street Tankhouse or New Belgium Brewery Fat Tire Ale, both of which are great beers.


Anyways, now to the more important part of the whole review, my bias opinion…. I never poured the beer into a glass, as I’m usually not classy that ways, so I can’t really comment on that… But what I can comment on is the smell.  I’m not sure but for myself, everything I eat or drink I have to smell before.  So when I snorted the Pale Ale, the smells that I got were a mild hop scent and a hint of a malt scent.  Nothing overpowering or anything like that.


Aside from the smell, the taste of the beer is key.  The first drink I took was a little less then a full mouthful.  The flavour profile that I got was at first a Malty presence.  After that I had almost a bitter like finish to the drink.  To be completely honest with you, there was nothing that really stood out like other beers.  There was no Carmalized taste or anything like that, but there is not meant to be anything like that because of the style of beer.  It was a good tasting Pale Ale.


At the end of the day, it was a great beer.  I’m trying to place it when and where I would drink it, and to be honest I think a great time would be at a party.  It would be a great party beer for sure.


Rating:  3.87 out of 5


Was the beer Hoppy?  Not hoppy no, was a little bitterness, but not hoppy.

Would you recommend this to a friend?  Yes I would.  Both to support local, and it is a good beer.

Would you buy a case of it?  I would buy a 6 pack for sure.  dont know what cases you can buy, as I only see singles.

When is the next Halley’s Commet suppose to be visible?  July 28, 2061



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