Lighthouse Broadside Northwest Ale

Reviewed by on July 29, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Lighthouse Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 29, 2016

  • Best Before: December 8, 2016

  • ABV: 4.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Broadside Northwest Ale is another nautical-themed offering from Victoria, BC’s Lighthouse Brewing, and is apparently one of their current summer seasonals.

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse island group lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of grainy and bready pale and caramel malt, mixed pome and citrusy fruit esters, a twinge of fresh yeastiness, and some gentle leafy, floral, and somewhat dank piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a slightly biscuity caramel sweetness, some overripe apple and musty citrus fruitiness, still extant yeast, and more musty leafy, weedy, and piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite understated in its stay-at-home frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and a tad pithy and clammy in its big-boy attempt as smoothness.  It finishes off-dry, the mutt-ish malt more or less holding court.

Overall, this comes across as a genuinely well-made pale ale, with a good and ready hop schedule that goes and delivers the goods, if in a sort of haphazard manner.  No worries, in the end this duly sessionable brew is easy enough to drink, and not really in line with the aggressive moniker that it’s been given.

Brady White

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