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Monday, May 14, 2012

Review 42: Olde Peninsula Tornado Pale Ale

Review 42
Olde Peninsula Tornado Pale Ale: 7.25% abv

As you can tell from the picture, this proves to be an exception to our general process of reviewing beers. It turns out, there is a place in Kalamazoo, a Brewpub, called Olde Peninsula. Upon arriving there, a few of my colleagues and myself enjoyed some good spirits, and tried this here seasonal pale ale. Our curiosities were peaked, bu...t they do not sell in bottles. So we picked up this here "growler" Here's what we thought when we gave it an official review.
On the nose, this pale ale will impress you with pineapple right off the bat, with other notes being hops, floral notes, grapefruit, lemon and peach. The nose is not actually very complex, but it is enjoyable with it's refreshing pineapple smell. From there things do get better though, with a taste containing hops, rye, wheat, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, and a sweet characteristic arrival. The finish turns bitter and dry, with hops, grapefruit and a slight nuttiness. The finish is medium-long in length.
Overall, this is a good expression of craft seasonal beers. Although not the most complex beer ever, and maybe too bitter for me personally, I had a good time trying it and going to Olde Peninsula.
Score: 8.5/10

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