Pamola

Maine
United States
Baxter Beer Pamola Session Ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Pamola Session Ale—formally Pamola Xtra Pale—was Baxter’s first production release in January, 2011 and still cozies up very closely to our collective hearts. Paving the way for session ales in Maine, before session ales were even a common category, Pamola blurs the line between pale ale, cream ale and, with its distinct dry, lingering finish, a German lager. Given way-too-long to mature, Mother Nature has transformed Pamola into something truly special, extremely dry, smooth and crisp, that both seasoned Craft drinkers and folks new to the category can equally appreciate and enjoy.

With an exciting new look and feel, and a very slightly-updated flavor and aroma, Pamola continues to satisfy, can-after-can. As our friends at Paste Magazine said, “Sometimes you just want a very light, easy-drinking, simplistic, crowd-pleasing pale ale, and Baxter Brewing’s Pamola fits that description exactly. Clean and subtle, light in color and with a low volume of flavor but no flaws, one might almost think it was a hoppier-than typical lager… Pamola would be a spectacular companion on a fishing or camping trip in its native Maine—which is presumably just what Baxter intended. If so, it’s quite well executed.” Pairs with: burgers and fries; fried seafood; pizza; fresh, green salad; and fresh goat cheese, Swiss and Gruyere.

Profile

ABV: 
5.3%
IBUs: 
27.5
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours golden and clear. It exhibits a thick appearance; a white foamy head crowns it with a long lasting retention. A small string of bubbles in the glass is seen rising to the top. The aroma of medium low bready, doughy, and cracker-like Pilsner malt character welcomes you. Then there's a very low citrus lemon and spicy hops character. The yeast puts out some red berry esters that seem fruity, and properly ale like. In the flavor I picked up a moderate amount of floral hops, and a cracker like Pils malt. Pleasantly drinkable with a subtle noble hop character, although not fitting to the American Pale Ale style. This beer is balanced toward the hop flavor and bitterness, it finishes semi-dry with a short aftertaste. The body is medium light and the same is true of its carbonation. It has a very low alcohol warmth and creaminess. Overall a well balanced beer that's easy drinking and pleasantly palatable. This beer may not fit the American Pale Ale style, but it's surely a well crafted one. It resembles more a Blonde Ale or Munich Helles although it may need a touch of Munich malt for that.

Brewery Introduction

Baxter Brewing Co. is a Maine-based craft brewery which is the first of its kind in New England to can all of its beer. Located in Bates Mill in the up-and-coming community of Lewiston/Auburn, ME, Baxter Brewing Co. currently distributes its flavorful and unique craft beers in ME, MA, NH, VT, NY... Read More

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