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Lone Pine’s Portland Pale Ale Is Traditional with a Twist

August 30, 2018

By Matt Osgood, August 30, 2018

I’ve often argued that Portland, Maine is the best beer city in America, and newcomer Lone Pine Brewing Company continues to prove that assertion. In a city filled with great beer (and, according to Bon Appétit, the best restaurants in the country), it’s hard to stand out. Lone Pine’s decidedly hop-forward operation manages to do just that with an exceptional American pale ale that is balanced and traditional, but with a unique twist.


In the era of the haze arms race, Portland Pale Ale has an anachronistic look to it: To wit, you can almost see through it. What’s more, it produces a good head of carbonation when it’s poured into a glass. Imagine that!


No surprises here. This smells like a traditional pale ale: citrus and pine notes, with an underbelly of dankness.

Portland Pale Ale brings you back to a time of clean, dank, resinous pale ales.”


Hop heads won’t love this description, but the star of the show is malt backbone. (Granted, any malt backbone in today’s hop-forward beer is noteworthy.) There’s a big wave of citrus and floral notes and a fluffy, medium body to Portland Pale Ale. The malt gives it just a bit of a dry cracker bite and leaves a resinous layer on your tongue. It’s like a pale ale of days past, and at 5.2% ABV, it falls directly where I want a pale ale to be.


Pale ales not only need to be assertive, they need to be easy to drink: low ABV and well-balanced so that one flavor doesn’t dominate the other. Lone Pine’s Portland Pale Ale brings you back to a time of clean, dank, resinous pale ales. It’s the body of the beer that combines the new world of brewing with the old. It’s a must-grab the next time you’re in my favorite beer city.

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