Wednesday, July 4

Beer Review: GoodLife Brewing Mountain Rescue Pale Ale


"Here at GoodLife Brewing Company in beautiful Bend, Oregon, we embrace Mother Nature and all her mountains, streams and lakes. We often celebrate our "good life" outdoor adventures with a great beer afterwards -- like this one, our Mountain Rescue Dry Hop Pale Ale. We made it to honor the many mountain rescue teams out there who make the wilderness a safer place for all.
So, go play in the mountains around us. And toast to the good life you live. Cheers to Mountain Rescue teams everywhere!
Malt: NW Two Row, Melanoidin, Crystal 60, Carafoam
Hops: Centennial, Cascade, Pacific Jade 

5.5% ABV | OG:14oP | IBUs 40" 

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Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a lightly cloudy copper with a quickly fizzing bubbly white head. Scattered bubbles, and various blotches of foam left about and a medium ring of chunky lace left about the glass. Nice looking ale.

Smell: (3.5)
- The malt forwardness is strong, and something I don't really favor in a beer, especially a pale ale. A super bready malt aroma with a backbone of caramel and husky grain. On a positive note, a nice pine and grassy hop hits hard up front, and finishes with a very pleasant floral aroma. I do like the hop aromatics quite a bit in this one.

Taste: (4.0)
- Biscuit, bread, subtle and not-so-sweet caramel, pine and earthy hop bitters, and a super balanced floral hop. So glad the flavor made up for the aroma. Nice full flavor, and all grain goodness with a great hop presence. I almost have to cutoff air intake via the nostrils though when I enjoy this beer.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Nice full body for a light pale. Creamy, crisp, only a touch dry, and certainly chewy. No super sweet syrupy chewiness though. Perfectly carbonated. Drinks more like a robust IPA.

 Overall: (3.5)
- This beer does indeed stand out. The feel, and balance is unmatched..  yet not something I would expect in a light drinking pale ale. It is a full bodied, full flavored ale that could almost be considered a meal. That's very good, but I am rating a pale ale here. A standard table ale? An amber? Might get even higher marks from me. Solid, and certainly worth the purchase. I look forward to more offerings from this long time and well known brewer in the Northwest.


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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