Today is the last day of May (that rhymes), and it’s also our last Pale Ale Head-to-Head, but before we get into that I want to let everyone know what to expect from Beer Fusion in June. First off, I want to say that I can be a little over ambitious, and that ambitiousness has led to some sporadic posting on this site. Unfortunately, there are only so many hours in the day, and, at this current point in time, trying to do more than one beer review in a week has been difficult. Beginning in June we’ll be returning back to a consistent beer review a week, and I might throw in a post here and there as well. Who knows, maybe one week we’ll do a head-to-head as that week’s review. Either way, I want to bring some consistency back to Beer Fusion, and have my good time with the craft beer world shine through. Now, let us dive into our last Pale Ale Head-to-Head...
This week we’ve got Full Sail Brewery’s Pale Ale versus Moylans’ Tipperary Pale Ale. There was a lot of smack talking before the head-to-head, and it was a tough fight. Let’s take a look.
Full Sail’s Pale Ale boasts an ABV of 5.4%, and pours a nice creamy white head. There is noticeable carbonation coming up from the bottom, and with its clear clarity and golden copper color that carbonation was very visible. The smell is light overall with a noticeable pale malt presence and subtle citrus notes from the hops. There’s nothing that stands out with the smell, but it’s a solid pale ale smell. With the smell as light as it is, I’m expecting a crisp clean taste. Look - 22, Smell - 22.
The flavor hits upfront rather light, but the initial flavors are the malt, but in the middle and end of the taste the floral citrusness of the hops comes through. Nothing about this beer is overpowering, and sure enough it has a crisp/clean profile. The bitterness in the aftertaste isn’t dry, but has a moist citrus fruit feel. This is the definition of an easy hot day drinking beer. Flavor - 42.5.
The Moylans’ Tipperary Pale Ale has an ABV of 5%, and pours a small creamy white head. This is a “lively” beer, i.e it’s very cloudy. The color is a golden amber, and the carbonation is there. The smell of this beer is strong, much more so than the Full Sail. The citrus notes of the hops burst forth, the floral characteristics are unreal. Behind all of that is a caramel presence, a noticeable sugar aroma. By the smell alone, I was about to declare Moylans the winner, but I’m glad I didn’t. Look - 23, Smell - 24.
Upfront, the carbonation hits very strong, and the initial taste is a crisp/clean light flavor, which really took me off-guard based on the strength of the smell. The hop presence was more piny than citrus fruit, and there was a noticeable amount of butterscotch flavor mixed with yeasty bread notes. Very much not what I expect from a pale ale. I would have liked the flavor profile to match closer up with the aroma. This is still a good beer, but it seems like it doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. I probably won’t drink this again, but it by far wasn’t a bad beer. Flavor - 35.
Moylans came out swinging with a better look and smell, but Full Sail hung in there, and took the jabs just waiting for a chance to strike. The flavor defined the overall Head-to-Head (as it should). Both these beers are worth trying. Moylans comes in a bomber, where as Full Sail comes in a six-pack (bombers maybe available just not here). I’d say try the bomber of Moylans, but the six pack of Full Sail is a safe bet for a nice relaxing afternoon beer, or something to bring to a bbq. As always, I’m interested in your beer head-to-heads as well as any suggestions for upcoming beer reviews - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions or head-to-head recaps. With that said, Full Sail Brewing’s Pale Ale wins our final Pale Ale Head-to-Head.