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Beer – #561 – Lakeman – Pale Ale

Not to be confused with Taupo Pale Ale of course.

Different beer, different music, differential numbers and making up the numbers at a gig

  smooth robust maltiness

Brewers standard 330ml bottle of a beer that is 5.5% ABV, so that would be 1.43 standard drink units, and about 160 calories in this.

Brewed by Lakeman Brewing Company this on in the style that is American Pale Ale, and they are in Taupo, New Zealand

Beer, Sun, Music

Beer, Sun, Music

Lakeman Pale Ale is an Amber ale with a smooth robust maltiness,

Spicy and Citrus notes are provided by good lashing of pacifica and  New Zealand cascade hops.

So this sounds intriguing what could possibly go wrong?

This has a damp oats aroma with a tinge of hop grassiness.

Pour is cloudy orange with a thin whispy head of not much significance.

I’m not sure if I damaged my nose but again I got a hint of ash on the aroma.

Pacifica Hops:  Pacifica displays classic Hallertau citrus and floral aroma character which selectors mark as a real standout. The Pacifica brings something of a blend of new and old-world taste descriptors to the brewers’ forum. Orange marmalade aptly describes the citrus aroma notes achieved through late addition.  Bittering quality is such that early kettle additions net a soft yet solid finish even in highly bittered beers.

Lakeman Pale AleI’m trying hard to find a citrus thing on the aroma.

This however is a full taste beer, with a nice mouthfeel that is delivered with a bitterness that is high-isn without being too harsh, and they’ve managed to balance this in the middle with a lovely softness.

The aftertaste or linger does appear to have an orange-ness to it, this is so much better than the rather peaky and ill judged Lahar, in my opinion.

I’ve had this on tap, many months ago, in Taupo, near the brewery, and I enjoyed it then for the lovely hop profile, it is nice to find that in the bottle it has the same sort of reaction, this is beer that I’d be happy to go the bar and order another one of.

A bitterness that is rewarding and not challenging, a refreshing crisp drink with a nice finish that isn’t intrusive. It’s good.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 a of its things from the thing. What a roller-coaster of beers from this brewery, some clear hits, like this one, and a couple that might need some work, in my opinion, but on averages they might have hit all the points, but over a spectrum of drinkers, which might have been the plan. I like this particular beer, it’s a very good take on the style.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes, this has a lot of things that make it very rewarding to drink.
  2. Would I have another? This I would go to the bar with real money and buy another.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would, this is nice, and has a lot of things that would make good talking points, but would also be a good beer to drink whilst doing something meaningful, as in not talking about the beer.

Once again the music was a lucky dip – Public Service Broadcasting is a London-based pseudonymous musical duo. I did enjoy this track “Spitfire


American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads.


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