Saturday, February 5th 2011
AXL Pale Ale
(MillKing It Productions)
From a brewery that has a name like no other comes this pint can of pale ale. AXL Pale Ale was the first release from Millking It Productions, who also brew and can beers for nearby Rochester Mills Brewing Company.
From the Millking It Productions site:
"This classic American Style Pale Ale has been honed and perfected for over 15 years. Tens of thousands of pints have been joyfully savored. The beer has a light amber color and a medium body. The hops grab center stage and carry the flavor with a light drying citrusy palate. Although hoppy, the beer is easy drinking and contains a mid-range alcohol level of 5.8%."
Here we go...
Pour - looks great coming out of the can. Big, bright orange and amber colors shining in the glass with a big, thick fluffy off-white head that looks like it might stick around for awhile.
Aroma - nice caramel malty sweetness along with some slight citrusy hop aromas and some of that biscuity/bread dough smells as well.
Taste - first sip presents a sweet and bitter rollercoaster. Up front this has a lot of caramel/toffee flavors but that is quickly taken over by some citrusy bitterness that isn't super piney or grapefruity but more of a straightforward hop flavor. This is the type of pale ale that leans towards an amber ale and is very approachable to beer lovers everywhere. Super balanced with just a tinge of bitterness in the finish. Well done.
Overall - great brew. No frills, just a well-balanced pale ale with plenty of maltiness and plenty of hoppiness. It leaves just enough hops on the tongue to keep your mouth dry and your glass held up.
Would I buy more of it? - definitely. When it comes to balanced (very balanced) pale ales this one shines. I like beers like this one once in awhile to give my palate and liver a break.
Note - to date Millking It Productions has canned AXL Pale Ale and Cornerstone IPA and will soon be canning BRIK Irish Red Ale and Milkshake Stout. You can learn more about Millking It Productions by going HERE.
Posted by Russ
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