Review: Roughtail Pale Ale

Roughtail Pale Ale has been around on tap for a while, and it’s normally a go to for me when I can’t decide what I want. It’s made with 4 hop varieties: Warrior, El Dorado, Centennial, and Mosaic. When a fresh batch came out recently, this time in cans, I had high hopes so I rushed out to scoop up a 4-pack asap so I could enjoy the super freshness, let’s see how it is.

Company: Roughtail Brewing Co.

Location: Midwest City, OK

ABV: 5.5% ABV

IBU: 50

Style/Description: Pale Ale

Price: $9 (4-pack)

Appearance: Pours a bright, brilliant copper with a crapload of quickly rising bubbles. There was a nice, fluffy head that didn’t hang out long. Not much lacing.

Nose: The nose on this is huge, I could smell it while I was taking pictures of it outside. It hits you with a great combo of dank citrus. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and some floral notes. I wish they made candles that smell like this.

Taste: This one has a nice medium mouthfeel, the bright tropical fruits come out on the sip in the form of mango and pineapple along with nice hop resins and pine. Some citrus bitterness and malt come in on the back which really flow well with that mouth feel.

Finish: The finish is smooth and malty as the floral and fruity notes transition to the background. Those fresh fruit notes leave me feeling like I just ate a fruit cocktail and my mouth is coated with mellow malty goodness and lemon.

Overall: This batch was dated within a week of this review, so this stuff is super fresh and it’s obvious. The aromas punch you right in the ass as soon as that can is opened, and there is really no looking back from there. This beer has great balance and is a fantastic expression of the style. To have this beer coming out of an Oklahoma brewery makes me happy inside.

Rating: 4/5


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