Shannon Pale Ale by Shannon Brewing Co Taste Test

Shannon Pale Ale by Shannon Brewing Co Taste Test

Shannon Pale Ale by Shannon Brewing Co

Shannon Pale Ale by Shannon Brewing Co

This is first Shannon Brewing Co beer that I’ve ever had, so I was really looking forward to this taste test.  Stay tuned for more of their beers as I can get to them.  Their Irish Red Ale is definitely the next beer on my list.

On my last trip to the Build-Your-Own-6-Pack isle of my local Total Wine I noticed several 22 oz Shannon beers mixed in.  I was focused on Pale Ales because of the current weather, so I jumped all over the big bottle of Shannon Pale Ale for $5.99.

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

Shannon Pale Ale Bottle

Shannon Pale Ale Bottle

Shannon Pale Ale — Year Round
Our award-winning Pale Ale is reminiscent of some of the finest Pale Ales in history—wholesome, a hint of sweet malt balanced with aromatic whole flower hops, perfectly carbonated with a long-lasting white head and hallmark lacing. Shannon Pale Ale is  brewed to have a slight copper hue and just the right amount of body to make it the perfect “session” beer. We craft this ale to provide a clean finish, quickly preparing the mouth for the next drink. The stand-out feature of this ale is its ability to take the drinker to their “perfect moment.” It is a unique drinking experience; an ale that deserves to be savored.”

For reference, here is what CraftBeer.com says an 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.”

For starters, this is how my beer poured …

Shannon Pale Ale Foam

Shannon Pale Ale Foam

It foamed up pretty significantly on me, and despite my best and most creative efforts, it continued to foam up like this for the rest of my pours.

I have no idea if this was the intention or a mistake or user error, but I feel like it’s worth adding to the review.  Not a horrible thing, but it did happen.

On to the taste test:

Shannon Pale Ale pours with a good copper color.  You get the feeling like you’re about to drink a good craft beer just based on the color.

I think that the smell was pretty true to the classic pale ale aromas that you expect.  You get the floral hops blending with the sweet, caramel malts.  This beer smelled really fresh to me.

Shannon Pale Ale has a super mellow taste.  You instantly get the good balance between the hops and malts.

Shannon Pale Ale in Glass

Shannon Pale Ale in Glass

Early in my beer I was getting more flavor from the caramel malts.  You definitely get some sweetness in the beer from the malts.

As I drank more, I started to key in more on the hops.  There is definitely some bitterness and crispness to this beer from the hops.

I totally agree with Shannon’s description of this beer where they talk about finding your “perfect moment” while drinking this beer.  It’s super easy-drinking and really refreshing.

I think that this will be a beer that I buy again based on this taste test.  It left me wanting more after a 22 oz bottle, so that’s definitely some points in their favor.

As I said earlier, stay tuned for a taste test of the Shannon Irish Red Ale.  That one is calling my name pretty loudly.

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