Review - Belmont Brewing Company's Pale Ale
Classic California Pale Ale. Dry, Hoppy, and Refreshing. The Brewers Favorite. -- Belmont Brewing
The Belmont Brewing company was first stop in our California adventure located right on the sandy beach of Long Beach. With an indoor and outdoor dining, you couldn't ask for a better location. The brewery is small, but has a complete offering of beers. Size definitely does not matter. It's a quick walk through the brewery because it's in clear sight behind the bar. We talked shop with Blackwell, the brewer, and were quite happy with the educated bar staff (Andy). The food was tasty and complemented their selection of beers. We ordered a sampler, followed by their blends. We recommend Long Beach visitors to stop on by. You will not be disappointed.
The pale ale pours a medium yellow color with an off-white fizzy head. Active body and good lacing with a mostly diminishing head. The aroma wasn't too strong, but it contained a light flowerily hoppy sent. Initially tasting light bitter with an increasing medium bitter finish for an average duration. We were surprised and pleased with the hoppy aroma and taste. With a light body, it had a clean dry texture with soft carbonation.
Reviewer's notes: "The aroma did not let on to the hoppy taste."
Reviewed on November 10, 2006 with Amber in Long Beach, CA.