A Dive Into The Pale by Nubis†Sanctum Ales

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A Dive Into The Pale by Nubis†Sanctum Ales is a ~5.6% ABV English Pale Ale.

==Introduction==

The time has finally come, behold, A Dive Into The Pale is my very own homebrew made with cascadian hops and pale ale malt. It was about time to finally made a beer and the first time I review my own creation. The name is a pun at the style English Pale Ale, but also a pun at the name Pail or Bucket. The brew was made in a fermenting bucket and the quote that states when you try something new is like “Dipping your Feet”, my first attempt is more of a Dive, A Dive into the bucket or a Dive into the Pail. I took a big chance at something new and it came out great. I intend to brew more beers as I go along, so expect to see many reviews for them here. Who knows, one day if I make it big brewing my own beers, you might even try some.
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So why Nubis†Sanctum Ales?
Being a fan of the Final Fantasy games, especially Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife, there was a time long ago when the internet was barely getting big and I had to come up with a user ID for my email address. The username I came up with was cloudx30 since at the time X was used to emphasize eXtreme and 30 was generated since I couldn’t just use CloudX. The name withstood time and I liked it. During this time as well, there was a show called Ronin Warriors with this bad ass samurai called “Anubis” who was a bad guy but then repented and became a good guy. I will never forget how he had to sacrifice himself for a greater cause in the show and truly showed the importance of protecting something important. The word for Cloud in Spanish is Nubes but because it sounded so much like Anubis, the name Nubis came out. Since I relate so much to Cloud and Anubis, Nubis would be the name I chose. Sanctum is just the establishment, my house basically. So basically you have in a way, Nubis Homebrews or Nubis Sanctum Ales. Anyways, on with the review, cheers!
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Aromas:
Malty, grapefruit, citrus, grassy and piney hops, lemon peel, mango hints, biscuit bread, honey and cereal grain.

Flavors:
Citrus, piney, grassy and mild grapefruit hop hints, biscuit bread, caramel, mild mango, butterscotch hints, pecan notes, honey dew melon and papaya hints.

Aftertaste:
Citrus, grapefruit, lemon peel, earthy, piney and grassy hops linger but then finishes dry. No alcohol in the taste, easy to drink, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and light to medium golden body.

Overall:
For being my first brew, many including myself thought this was a very good brew. It is very light and way too easy to drink. The fact that it was pretty damn sessionable, I appeals to many who do not typically drink craft beer and is essentially, a gateway into the craft beer scene. I will definitely make this again and if some day I make it big, you could get a chance to try. Cheers!

Anime Corner:
Juvia from Fairy Tail was used to be my flagship of this beer creation. Her submerged in the tub represents several things. The first is she represents the beer I made and is being born into the world. The surrounding flowers and items represent the ingredients I used to make this beer. You can almost say the little stuffed doll on the bottom right is me watching from a distance. The Second thing this beer represents is the name. A Dive Into the Pale represents her after taking a dive into the pail/bucket (in this case, the tub) and staying submerged really embracing what this beer truly represents, taking a chance, being born and a new beginning to something very special. Essentially, she is representative of my first baby, this beer I created.

Sources:
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Pisces Pale by El Borracho Home Brewing

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Pisces Pale by El Borracho Home Brewing is a 5.8% ABV English Pale Ale.

Thanks to my buddy William Carranza for hooking me up with his first master piece. This is his first beer made and I was given the honor to do a review for him. We both went to beer class together and he took it upon himself to brew his first batch of beer. I will be right behind you brother .

Aromas:
Caramel, grassy and piney hops, grapefruit notes, mango hints, biscuit bread, rye, malt grain and honey. 

Flavors:
Earthy, grassy and piney hops, caramel, rye bread, honey, mango hints, biscuit notes, mild toffee, grapefruit, citrus, lemon peel, peanuts, toffee and pecans.

Aftertaste:
Caramel, toffee, earthy, grapefruit hops, peanuts and honey. No alcohol in the taste with easy to moderate drinkability and medium body to it.

Overall:
A very good pale ale. Despite’s Will’s advise about a certain flaw in the beer, I enjoyed it more because I actually enjoyed it better this way. The flaw was that there was more malt concentrated due to the missing extra gallon that was not added to the batch, which case the pale ale to be closer to a red ale,winter warmer or an Extra Special Bitter. While it may not have been what he was looking for in the beer, it ended being great! I love sweet caramel beers and this was just that good in my opinion. The best temperature would be to drink it as cold as possible to get more hop profile out of it. It gets sweeter as it get warmer. There is no off flavors, just nice and sweet stuff. Thanks again Will!

Anime Corner:
Zodiac Sign Pisces original artwork by Deviantart.com artist yuhon was chosen as a pairing to my friends beer to show the name of the beer. Pisces Pale was born in early February 2014 and this with the sign and the name as well as Will’s Zodiac sign, this was the pairing I chose. It make not show case many of the colors of the beer itself, maybe the hops since hops are green, but the vibrant hazel eyes of the fishes and the girl hold its true nature, the flow of a sweet awesome beer. Any other pairing notes that you would like to share, please comment below.

 

Double Barrel Ale by Firestone Walker

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Double Barrel Ale by Firestone Walker is a 5% ABV British Pale Ale.

Description:
Our patented Firestone Union uniquely incorporates 60-gallon American oak barrels into the fermentation process that yields beers of extraordinary character and complexity. This system improves the fullness of the palate, balances hop character and lends a clean briskness to the finish. The influence of the toasted oak also imparts unique hints of smokiness and vanilla, as well as a subtle fruitiness to the flavor profile. 
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Aromas are of mild citrus, grassy and earthy hops, biscuit, caramel, butterscotch, and a slight smoke or campfire oak. The flavors of this beer are of caramel, anise, slight grapefruit hops, slightly citrusy, earthy, smokey, oak, toasted bread and black tea. I think this beer speaks better in the taste than its fragrance. Not quite as nutty as an amber ale but leans more towards an amber ale that is lightly oaked and smoked. For a beer that is 5% ABV, way better than an average lager. Definitely above average beer with some great flavors to keep stuff interesting. Served all year long.