Beer review: Coldboy Pale Ale

Earlier this year there was a food festival in Gamlebyen in Fredrikstad and I heard that Coldboy was holding a beer tasting, so I went with some fellow homebrewers. The beer I’m reviewing today is their Pale Ale with an ABV of 4.5%, and is the beer we were served at the tasting.

Coldboy is a brewery located in Askim, Norway. The bottle I’m reviewing today was not brewed in Askim, but in Great Britain (this I was told on the tasting). On the label it says “Brewed by Norwegians” so hopefully someone from Coldboy was present during the brewing.

Coldboy Pale AleLooks

Clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The head disappears quickly and does not leave much lacing.

The beer comes in a clear bottle and seems to be filtered due to the clarity, which to me means two negatives straight away.

Aroma

The aroma has some floral notes and reminds me of fresh cut grass. I’m also getting some bready notes.

The beer does not really smell like a Pale Ale, but more like a slightly hoppy lager.

Flavor

The flavor is pretty much like the aroma. I’m getting some sweet caramel-like notes together with some floral hoppy notes. The flavor also reminds me of a lager.

The mouth feel is watery and the carbonation level is sharp.

Finish

Up front the finish is quite bitter, and after some seconds some sweetness appears.

Rating

I didn’t appreciate this beer at all. It looks, smells and tastes like a slightly hoppy macro lager. But hey, thats just me, right? Score: 2.1/5.

Disclaimer: I received this bottle from Coldboy Brewery.

Coldboy Pale Ale

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