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Beer – #730 – Duncan’s – Pale Ale

The second of the beers that I brought from Duncan’s, this the pale ale.

This remarkable pale ale sure packs a punch

Then the almost standard sized 500ml bottle that is beer of 5.7% ABV and about 171 calories a serve size, that’s be 2.2 standard drink units.

Brewed by Duncan’s  in the style that is  American Pale Ale and they are  in Raumati, New Zealand

Pale man with Pale Ale

Pale man with Pale Ale

A unique hopa-tropical taste.

Lots of citrus and tropical hop notes with a smooth malty back bone.

A dry, aromatic pale ale created by artfully combining top quality hops. Very fresh taste with perfectly balanced complexity of flavour..

So, what could possibly go wrong?
A loud aroma of hop grass bursts forth, and it has a sugarness as well, and then tropical things like my old go-to Mango.
Pour is quite a brown orange, darker than I’d thought it’d be. with at first large head of off white that settles into a really firm head of the same off white. Some cracking aroma blooms from the  glass. Really nice aroma, lots of sweet fruits.
Duncan's PAle AleNicely bitter, not overly, not sharp. and with quite a full mouthfeel of softness, and lovely lingering taste. This is rather nice really.
You get a lot of that malts sugar in this, with I don’t mind, but it could be slightly a tad too much, y a whisker, I’d like more of the fruit thing to be honest.
A lovely easy drinking beer that satisfies and gives something back, lots of lip licking and a lovely lingering aftertaste, a smooth bitterness and it looks pretty awesome too.
As a pale ale this is rather wonderful and I’ve loved every bit of it so far, even retains its head to the last couple of mouthfuls.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It is lovely, and pretty, aromatic, and a lot of the nice things that beer has that makes beer nice. But it is despite some bold things all a bit behaved. It is a a great beer of the style, that edging towards the IPA and yet you sense the gap between, avoid the gap…

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The nice people at mu Liquorland store in Forrest Hill
  • Am I enjoying it? It really was nice, and yes it really was pleasant.
  • Would I have another? I would!
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights?  This is the hard part, I really like this beer, and I’d be happy on show me your pale ale day to whip this out and go ah-ha!, but it isn’t that remarkable as a beer that you’d stop muse and take a second look. A strange style the pale ale then, one that sails close to the IPA wind, and sometimes is leeward

Music for this: ” Mortal Tides ”  ” Lights in \ Lights Out”  on Spotify. Bit of Alt-Rock from people from Cambridge. I thought it was a little bit country, little bit blues, little bit of this.


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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