Sunday 28 June 2009

Beer of the Week - June 26 - Dundee Pale Ale

When I was in Buffalo a couple of weekends ago, I went for a walk to find a locally-brewed American beer. Unfortunately there were no beer markets in the area so I had to settle on a regular supermarket.

I found nothing from Buffalo, which is a shame as I know there is a craft brewer in the area which sells in bottles. Instead I settled for a beer, Dundee Pale Ale from Rochester, New York, a couple of hours away.

Dundee is brewed by High Falls Brewing Company which is one of the oldest continuously run breweries, opened in 1878. The original brewery actually opened under the name Reisky & Spies in 1857. In 1878, it was bought out and renamed Genesee Brewing Company. Many of you may remember the old Genny commercials, although I never really liked the brand. In 2000, an employee investment group bought out the company and renamed it High Falls Brewing Company.

The Dundee line of craft beers was introduced in 2004.

According to their website "Website tasting note "A wonderfully balanced true pale ale. Cascade, Tomahawk, and Amarillo hops create a citrusy aroma with a smooth, crisp finish. A subdued malt character nicely complements the hop complexity and produces an orangey amber hue."

This 5.4% ABV beer pours a dark amber colour and has a good lasting head. It has a nice bite and pleasant finish. It is not a great beer but is not a bad beer. I would rate it an average Pale Ale.

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