Friday, April 3, 2020

Ex Novo Brewing Aperture Hazy Pale Ale

Beer Name: Aperture
Brewery: Ex Novo Brewing (Portland, OR; Corrales, NM)
ABV: 5.2%

How sold: 6-packs of 12 oz. cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: December 6, 2019
Date Drank: February 9, 2020
When brewed? Limited-time or rotating beer.
IBU: "Low"

What's on the Can: "Juicy Hazy Pale packed with Mosaic and Simcoe hops. Creamy body and punchy aromatics of citrus and tropical fruits."

Where distributed: Ex Novo Brewing currently distributes to several areas, including the Portland (OR) Metro, Los Angeles, SW Washington. Japan, and San Francisco Bay Area markets. Ex Novo also has a taproom in Corrales, NM.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light-orange into a pint glass. Frothy white head, but virtually no lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Assertive tropical citrus, grapefruit and pineapple. Top-notch for a pale ale. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Tropical citrus, permeates the senses in a pleasant manner. Citrus bitterness present. Tropical continues into the aftertaste. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Creamy and juicy with slight dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding Pale Ale. The citrus tropical really won me over. I think the IBU is higher than whatever would be reasonably defined as "low", but that's not a criticism at all of the beer itself. Aperture is a wonderful brew that showcases what the Pacific NW has to offer. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.525/5

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