Pride of Texas Pale Ale by Rahr & Sons Brewing Co Taste Test

Pride of Texas Pale Ale by Rahr & Sons Brewing Co Taste Test

Pride of Texas Pale Ale by Rahr & Sons Brewing Co Taste Test

Pride of Texas Pale Ale by Rahr & Sons Brewing Co Taste Test

I had seen this can a few times at my local beer store before I bought it.  The weather was a little too cold for a Pale Ale, so I had been passing on it.

Well now it’s summer in Texas, so heat is no longer an issue.  Here we are.  Pride of Texas Pale Ale in the perfect climate.

I haven’t seen a lot in the way of canned beer from Rahr & Sons until now.  I guess they have decided to jump on the canned beer bandwagon with Deep Ellum Brewing Co and 903 Brewers.

Here is what Rahr has to say about their Pale Ale:

“There’s pride, and then there’s The Pride of Texas! Our Pale Ale is a tribute to our home state. Hoppy and bold, yet smooth and thirst quenching. Pride of Texas CANs are perfect for any outdoor gathering or activity where bottles are frowned upon. Best of all, if you’re feelin’ macho, you CAN crush ’em like a man!”

Here is the CraftBeer.com description of what a good American Pale Ale should resemble:

“AMERICAN PALE ALE
An American interpretation of a classic English style. Characterized by fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character, producing medium to medium-high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. American-style pale ales have medium body and low to medium maltiness that may include low caramel malt character.”

Pride of Texas Pale Ale in Glass

Pride of Texas Pale Ale in Glass

Pride of Texas pours almost more amber than copper.  It has a good head of white foam.

You immediately get the smell of hops when this beer is poured into a glass.  The smell of caramel malts is present, but it’s definitely a secondary smell.

This beer has a good hoppy flavor.  That is definitely the driving force for this beer.  It’s not quite as strong as an IPA, but this beer is a little heavier than your average Pale Ale.

You don’t get a ton of bitterness from the hops.  It’s a really good blend of hop flavors between bitter and floral and piney.

There is something super Rahr-ish in this beer.  I don’t know if it is their process, or the malts that Rahr uses, or their yeast, or something else, but I swear that you can almost always tell a beer from Rahr.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.  It’s really good, and I like what they say about this beer working in canned beer environments.

Before I had kids, I used to spend all summer at the lake and on boats.  You need your beer to be in a can for that scene, and Pride of Texas gives you a great option.

It may be too heavy of a beer for 100 plus degree afternoons, but this is a great beer for warm summer nights.  I think that is probably where this beer would shine the most.

I have a bottle of the Rahr Summertime Wheat seasonal in my fridge, so stay tuned for that.

 

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