Oregon City Brewing – Chocolate Pale Ale

I mentioned this beer in the previous post about OCB but my wife brought home a growler of it last night so now I can sit down and do a full tasting note.

OBCB – Chocolate Pale Ale – 30 IBU, 5.2% ABV

This beer pours chocolate brown, but crystal clear which is interesting for a “dark” beer, but since this is actually a pale ale, it fits.  I wish I could remember how much chocolate they said they add to the beer, but it is actually added chocolate as opposed to malt derived.  Off-White to tan head which is lasting and leaves a nice “lace” on the glass.  Aroma is mostly chocolate with some malt sweetness.  Flavor starts with malt sweetness offset with a small amount of hop bitterness.  Chocolate flavor really pops in the finish after you swallow and then that fades into a light hop bitterness that lingers quite a while.  This is honestly a really bizarre beer, and yet it’s incredibly enjoyable.  You don’t expect that flavor out of an IPA/Pale Ale style beer so it really throws you for a loop.

Rank: 4 (of 5) stars: Really unique and well made.

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