Bridge Brewing – North Shore Pale Ale: This local North Vancouver micro brewed craft beer is a Pale Ale with a strength of 5.5% alcohol level, 30 IBU’s and was poured from a 22 oz bottle into a glass at home. If you have ever been there (and you should go visit them), you will be amazed at how they cramped all their brewing equipment into that small space. Feel free to sit in their tasting “room” and sample some beer, it’s all decent stuff made with quality in mind.
Aroma and Appearance: Pours a coppery amber with a 1/2 inch of foam and what must be the slowest rising bubbles I have seen in a beer so far. Aroma is primarily bready malt with some caramel and a bit of tropical or floral hop notes.
Flavour: Lots of pale bready malt and a bit of hidden caramel with a fresh bitter pine finish and a lingering grapefruit bitter flavour that hits your soft palette, tongue and stays with you after this beer for a while.
Overall Impression: Solid pale ale, but nothing that will take over the market.
Rating: I give it a 7/10 as in very good, it is fresh tasting and has the right amount of bitterness. Well executed, but I won’t rush to grab another, I put right smack in the middle of the local pale ale market, perhaps on the high side of the middle.
Food Pairing: Pale ales and extra sharp cheddars are a match made in heaven.
How do you think this one ranks in the local pale ale market?