Intuition Ale Works
People’s Pale Ale
In case you didn’t know – and if you didn’t, where the hell have you been? – Tuesday of last week was Election Day in the good ol’ U.S.A. Americans across the country lined up to exercise their civic right and cast their ballot, thus playing a roll in the democratic process.
But democracy doesn’t come easy, especially in South Carolina.
After waiting in line for nearly three hours, I was able to cast my vote and head home to relax before heading off to work to cover the election for the rest of the night. Before working until the early morning hours of Wednesday, I decided to enjoy a civic-themed pale ale from Intuition Ale Works.
Their People’s Pale Ale is the brewery’s flagship beer. Like their I-10 IPA, it’s inspired by pale ales from the West Coast. While it’s certainly hoppy, this pale ale leans a little more toward the malty side of the style, with great results.
The beer pours very dark for a pale ale. It’s super clear, a sort of dark orange verging on a brown. There was a finger of a really light head on top that settled quickly. It left some mild lacing and alcohol legs behind.
The nose is very sweet and malty. There was a light nut note and a big hit of caramel to it. I got only a little hop bite but it’s covered up by the sweet malt. Different, but in a good way.
There was a very mild hop bitterness bite on the front of the tongue. Very smooth across the palate with some mild carbonation to boot. Right on the back of the tongue is this slight pinch of a piney hop bitterness that washes away quickly into that sweet, mellow malt flavor. Lots of sweet orange peel, caramel, a little brown sugar. Much sweeter pale ale than I’m used to, but again, it’s really good.
While no Zombie Dust of Dale’s , People’s Pale Ale is still great for a malt-forward pale ale.