Sunday, April 27, 2014

Excelsior XLCR American Pale Ale

This 5.8% ABV pale ale with 50 IBU's is from the Excelsior Brewing Company of Excelsior, Minnesota. Excelsior is on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, and you'll see a lake activity theme on the bottles of their beer.

The beer pours perfectly clear, yet a fairly dark color copper and amber. There is over an inch of off-white head. Looks so good, can't wait to taste it. The aroma is lightly floral, plums and berries, sweet caramel malt. The taste is richly malty, just a bit of nuttiness, with a nice fruity note throughout. The finish is moderately dry and bitter. It has a nice soft, medium body. If you are expecting an American pale ale in the style of Zombie Dust, look elsewhere.  If you want a richly malty pale ale with fruit notes and a crisply bitter finish, look no further. This is quite well done.

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