60 / 100
A "New England Pale Ale". Can gifted to me by Jez for Christmas, enjoyed by myself on New Years.
Pours a hazy pale gold colour with furious bead in the body. Head is visibly a bit too much when poured and a bit sparse, as it sinks quite quickly leaving very little residual lace. Body looks alright; head needs work.
Smells fairly pleasant; bit of resin that's quite sharp and solventy, but a decent fruity freshness behind it, delivering passionfruit and peach aromas. Very light touch of grain, yeah it's on par with what it promised, which is pretty good.
Taste is a little lacklustre. Starts fairly tangy with some tropical and stonefruit characters, light cereal grain note as well with a touch of caramel. Very thin on the mid-palate, with a residual apple-esque fruit character and then a slight citric bitterness late-mid without much finish. It really tastes like they've dialled back the hops in order to lower bitterness but the whole back palate is lacking character as a result. Needs more late-boil hops I feel.
Texture is foamy, slightly bitty. Actually quite pleasant. A big bitter finish could really send this to overdrive, in a bad way. As it is it's got more presence than the palate deserves.
Drinks fine; some nice characters and because it's a bit deficient in flavour it's unexciting but quaffable.