This past Saturday night, I was expecting some company to watch the San Francisco Giants/Philadelphia Phillies game, so I thought I would pick up some more Dale’s Pale Ale. Unfortunately, the liquor store that I went to only had the Oskar Blues Gordon Ale in stock. Since I’d already dragged my son all over South Jersey, I couldn’t subject him to yet another stop, so I picked up the 4-pack of Gordon Ale. The Gordon Ale is a Double IPA and has an ABV of 8.7%. This should be one potent brew!
- Appearance: Reddish/Amber. Half inch head that dissipated rather quickly. Minimal lacing as it subsides.
- Aroma: Sweet smelling. Reminds me of maple syrup. Faint hop aroma.
- Taste: Malt sweetness at first, followed by some moderate hop bitterness. Long dry finish with a slight bitter aftertaste.
When I first had this beer on Saturday night, I was a bit disappointed. I think this was due to two reasons:
- Dale’s Pale costs $10/6 pack, while the Gordon Ale is $12/4 pack. So when I first tried it, I kept asking myself, “Is this beer better than Dale’s Pale Ale which is significantly cheaper?”. We’ll call this the sticker shock factor.
- The Phillies lost Game 1.
I am enjoying this beer much more the second time around. Although it has a high alcohol content, it doesn’t taste particularly boozy, and it strikes a very nice balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. I give this beer a B+. If I hadn’t had the Dale’s Pale Ale, which I think is a great value, I might have scored this beer a bit higher.