Review: Microbrasserie Dunham Pale Ale Américane

Today's sampling is Pale Ale Américaine by Brasserie Dunham out of Dunham, Quebec. I've been lucky enough to visit the brewery's taproom around five years ago - one of the better taprooms/patios out there! Also, I'm hoping to be able to go to Dunham's next Foudres Unis but there hasn't been any update in a year but but apparently it will be taking place in August.. so who knows.

I have a gut feeling this may not be the freshest as I was surprised to see this in Manitoba to begin with, but I've never had a single problem with Dunham's beers so I know I'll still enjoy it... I would love to see more Dunham beers here!

Appearance: Mildly cloudy blonde APA with a lot of carbonation in the body as well as two fingers worth of snow white head on top. The head goes absolutely nowhere after twenty minutes.. but once I actually start sampling it, it leaves behind a good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: As expected, not completely fresh as it has a tad bit of a cardboard presence to it but otherwise it's still really good. Lots of bitter and floral hop presence to it, notes of pine, a bit of alfalfa and even a hit of a dandelion-like bitterness to it. Hint of grapefruit, lemon, melon and a bit of Ivory soap at the end.

Taste: Again, not the freshest tasting Pale Ale but it's definitely still tasty - it's got a heavy pine-forward taste to it, hint of woodiness. It's bitter, very bitter, but the kind of bitterness I want in a Pale Ale or IPA. Hint of citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon at the end. Not at all sweet.

Overall Thoughts: Bitter, floral, reminds me of walking in the field in the summer. Bit of citrus presence but mostly bitter. Definitely will drink again. 

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