Friday, January 23, 2015

Castle Danger 17-7 Pale Ale Review

Name: Castle Danger 17-7 Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.8%

Since the last time I took a look at anything from Castle Danger Brewing, they have opened up their new brewery and taproom overlooking Lake Superior in Two Harbors, MN; Check it out if you have not done so yet. They have also started canning their beer for distribution and at the time of writing, they're available here in Duluth and along the North Shore as well as a few locations down in the Twin Cities.

To commemorate this joyous occasion of having their beer not being just growler or draft only, I've taken it upon myself to get a couple of cans for review. The first one I'll be looking at is their 17-7 Pale Ale, named after the address in which the brewery is located at.

17-7 pours a clear dark orange color with some moderate carbonation. The head is nice and foamy with some abundant lacing.

The nose starts off with a fairly strong floral hoppiness upfront with some potent yeastiness. There is a solid caramel malt backbone in here too and some mild citra hops tucked away in the back.

Flavor-wise, it is pretty floral hop forward which is backed up by some yeasts and caramel maltiness. On the back end of the palate is where I'm picking up on some mild grapefruit/citrus hop notes and light toffee sweetness with a lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

Confession time, APAs are my favorite recreational beer to drink when I'm in the mood for just kicking back and relaxing. With that said, 17-7 would be one of my first choices when doing just that. Plus there's a lot more going on in the flavor than the nose leads you to believe. I have to say that Castle Danger has made a fine product that will no doubt have beer drinkers coming back for more.

Castle Danger 17-7 Pale Ale - 9.5/10

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