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California-Style Pale Ales: Are they All Bone Dry??

TombstoneShadow | Feb 27, 201510:25 PM

So, have some time in Los Angeles, let's try a couple highly-rated California pale ales... The candidates:
AleSmith IPA
Ballast Point Sculpin
Actual tasting notes follow:

BEER 1: Initially quite bitter... then a waft of flowers that fades to a lingering metallic bitterness on the tongue. This is crisp and well-made for what it is, just very singular and dry for my liking.

BEER 2: this really tastes almost stout-like... after some time in the glass there's almost a "lusciousness" to it...

Re-sipping 1, there's that very well-made singular bitter-arrow style IPA, not unlike, say a Stone Enjoy-By...

Anyway, between sips I realized I haven't had a Cali pale ale that doesn't have a very dry flavor profile... Stone, Sierra Nevada, now AleSmith and Ballast Point... is this California style or just an accident...

I like these beers, but give me a Dogfish 90 minute or a 3-Floyds Dreadnaught anyday.... or an Odell Myrcennary... beers with some sweetness and complexity to balance out the sheer bitters....

NOW, back to the beers at hand... these are growing on me...

BEER 1 is a big bitter monster, in a good way; really makes an impression....

BEER 2 a bit more subdued, somewhat wider flavor spectrum, and perhaps a better aftertaste...

Now blown away by either of these, but guess I'd pick Beer 1 because of the boldness. Now to find out what I've been drinking:

BEER 1: Ballast Point Sculpin
BEER 2: AleSmith IPA

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