Steel & Oak – Royal City Pale Ale: Is a craft beer brewed in New Westminster, BC just past the Quay at a strength of 5% abv and a lower 20 IBU rating. I had sampled this, like it a lot so naturally a Boston Growler of it came home with me.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a golden yellow with 1 finger of foam, lots of bubble action and some nice lacing on the head. The aroma was fresh grains, hay, some sweetness in the malt.
Flavour: First off it is very refreshing and quite biscuity with some light caramel, some grains and a bit of a spice I can’t quite identify. The finish quite satisfying with a touch dryness and lingering bitterness.
Overall Impression: Being more of an English Pale Ale versus a West Coast Pale Ale, this one was refreshing. Quite frankly, I don’t really need another hoppy pale ale on the market so I was happy to taste something I would actually seek out again simply because its different.
Rating: Definitely and excellent rating of 8/10, unique on the local market, refreshing and downright tasty.
Food Pairing: I like my pale ales with sharp cheddar.
Here’s my review of the overall brewery and their other beers, be sure to check them out yourself -> Steel & Oak Brewery