Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub's Pagan Ale

Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub
Pagan Ale on draught
Tigard, OR
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On another cold, rainy night in Portland we decided to get out of the house.  What better excuse to do so than to review another beer.  At first glance of the menu I knew exactly what beer I was choosing:  the Pagan Ale.  A sacrilegious pale ale?  Score and double score!  Described on the menu as "A big floral hop aroma greets you at the rim of the glass.  A well-balanced, full-flavored Northwest style Pale Ale at 5.4% Abv and 46 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).  The true "little brother" of our IPA."  Despite the slightly flowery description, this beer is really good.  I like the "little brother" description because it is smooth, light bodied and lightly hopped pale ale.  Not quite in the IPA ballpark, but somewhere around the parking lot of the ballpark.  Not an empty parking lot but a full one, teaming with tailgaters and lots of flaming beef and pork.  This Pagan Ale is lightly carbonated compared to other beers, making it go down fast.  That combined with the great flavor made it last shorter than a box of Double Stuff Oreos on Rosie O'Donell's nightstand.

Conclusion:  A great light beer with good flavor.  A good introduction to bitter beers.

A max rating of five beers.  I liked the light body combined with the light hops and full flavor.  Next, I will have to go back and have the Reverend's Daughter.

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