Saturday, 10 October 2015

New Growth Pale Ale

I received a 650mL bottle of New Growth Pale Ale from my ol' pal K.F. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, New Growth is the offspring of Driftwood Brewery. According to the beautiful label, this beer contains the standard 5% alcohol, and is brewed using local Centennial and Newport hops grown at Sartori Cedar Ranch.

My beer poured clear and bright gold, with a rambunctious topping of fluffy white head. Aroma is unassuming without being timid, with subtle floral hops notes. The initial flavour is gentle and faintly sweet, but this quickly transitions into a hearty, hoppy body. There is a nice amount of dryness and a pretty decent finish, too.

New Growth Pale Ale has a lot to like. A gentle and agreeable flavour, local ingredients, and a handsome look. What it needs to take it to a higher level is a more assertive opening note. It's a good, easy drinking pale ale. K.F., I'd like another, please.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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