The other evening after a long day at work I was pleasantly surprised to find that Covington Brewhouse, of Covington, Louisiana had selected Drink All The Beers to sample and review a selection of their beers. Along with their Spring Pale Ale, which is reviewed here, Covington sent along their Anonymous IPA, Pontchatrain Pilsner, Kolsch, Bayou Bock, and Strawberry Ale. It was tough to select which to review, but the Spring Pale Ale really stood out to me.
Covington Brewhouse’s Spring Pale Ale is fairly full-bodied pale ale, weighing in at 6% ABV according to the brewery. They state the IBUs at 35, but this beer seems much hoppier. In fact, there was an immediate blast of citrus, floral, and a somewhat woodsy hop aroma that was matched by an intense hop flavor. My immediate thought was “this is delicious” and even though I had poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard shaker pint, I had the feeling that I was sitting in a brewpub enjoying it. It was that fresh.
The aroma is what really makes this beer stand out and made me feel as if I was inside a brewery. You know the smell when you are in a brewery and they add the hops to a batch of beer? Where the hop aroma permeates everything? That is this beer.
As for the flavor, in addition to a citrusy character, I also perceived a spicy note. I’m not sure if this was from rye malt, saaz hops, or just my taster that day, but it was actually very pleasant. The hops, however, are not out of balance and a grainy maltiness lies just below the surface. Not enough to make this beer sweet, it’s not, but enough to round off the sharp edges of the hops. Throughout, the beer is pleasingly dry.
The color was a medium gold and there was a touch of haze that I suspect was from dry hoping. It had an off-white, dense head with excellent retention that laced the glass as you emptied it.
This is a really nice pale ale. One that is perfect for warming weather when you just want to sit outside and drink a beer. Thanks to the folks at Covington for reaching out and shipping some of their very nice beer to review. I’m disappointed that it’s not something that I can readily find in a local grocery store or tavern, but it does give me a reason to make a little trip south!