Review: Trans Canada Brewing Avenger American Pale Ale

This is the first review I've written since my final edition of Brandon Sun's First Draught ended its 5.5 year run.. I haven't really had any interest in to write anything since but I really need to push myself to write more, more for my health than anything else really.

I was hoping to see Trans Canada Brewing's Parhelion Farmhouse Saison in stock in Brandon but unfortunately it wasn't available in my neck of the woods until today, so stay tuned for a possible review sometime in the near future. Trans Canada's newest seasonal release, Avenger Pale Ale did make its way to Brandon in time for me to review it today. Avenger is an easy-drinking pale ale with a vibrant, citrus punch. Late hopped with American Citra hops to bring notes of bright tropical fruits that are balanced with Canadian malt for a smooth refreshing finish. 5.2% ABV

Appearance: A lightly cloudy orange body with a hefty amount of carbonation in the body and a nice frothy beige head on top. Light amount of sediment floating throughout the beer.

Aroma: Not overly sweet and juicy like your typical popular Pale Ales/IPAs at the moment, this one is more of a bitter-forward ale with a hefty amount of pine, a floral alfalfa aroma, a hint of caramel and saltine crackers. There is a decent tropical presence in it but more so bitter than tropical. I'm a fan of bitter-forward IPAs so I welcome this!

Taste: Bitter up front with a bit of an oat-like cereal presence to it. Notes of Citra to give it a mild tropical presence of it (pineapple, grapefruit, lemon). There's a bit of caramel sweetness here, as well as a hint of nuttiness at the end. Mild pine aftertaste at the end.

Overall Thoughts: If you're looking for a juicy/hazy ale, this may not be for you, but if you're like me and enjoy floral and bitter-forward ales, you'll enjoy this one a lot. On a hot day like today, I'm scarfing this down pretty quickly. It's a bit different than most American Pale Ales/India Pale Ales right now so it's something I'll definitely be buying again - this, Devil May Care's Starstuff APA and Brasserie Nonsuch's Brut IPA have been my Summer of '19 go-to beers. I just realized that this is my first Trans Canada review on BeerCrank since I reviewed their Pilsner and Session Pale Ale a year and half ago.

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