Beer Reviews

Vision Pale Ale

Picture this: After a full day of rubbing and sniffing enchantingly aromatic hops during our annual selection trip in the Pacific Northwest, our devoted hop hunters (four in total) found themselves in an attitude of hop-fuelled, spellbound reverie at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River, OR. Eyeing the final piece of pizza, our co-founder Bryant proposed a friendly contest: whosoever could present the ideal brew to showcase the exciting hop varietals encountered on the trip could claim the final slice. After each had stated his case, Vision was born, and Nick Brehm (for it was his vision) claimed his prize. Intensely aromatic, bright with hops, with a finish that is refreshingly crisp clean, Vision is a liquid trip up the coastline of imagination. Vision is available exclusively as part of our new Hop Box variety pack and in the taproom. Read on to see Vision’s full horizon!

Review courtesy of our Sensory Specialist, Travis Houston, a Certified Cicerone and FoBAB judge.

Malts: Pilsner 

Hops: Mosaic, Comet, Strata

We’re really excited about Vision! This beer is a Pale Ale, a pretty straightforward category—what makes Vision stand out?

Though they use slightly less than the typical IPA, Pale Ales are still all about the hops. Mosaic and Comet are both older American varietals, beloved for their tendency to amp up citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Strata, a hop only recently introduced to the market, hits these same fruity notes, making it the perfect compliment to the classic combo of Mosaic and Comet. Pilsner malt is very light and mild, providing just enough cracker-like sweetness to balance the mild bitterness from the hops. The result is a beer that’s loaded with notes of grapefruit zest, blood orange, and water cracker, with a crisp, perfectly balanced and extremely refreshing finish.  


What are some inspirational Pale Ales?

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the original, and still holds up as one of the best available. Zombie Dust by 3 Floyd’s is excellent, and pushes the limits on Pale Ales. Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues is another classic that never disappoints.


What are the notable characteristics of this beer?

Aromas of zesty grapefruit and fresh blood orange burst from the glass, and are met by hints of crackery sweetness from the malt. This follows through to the flavor, where the sweetness and bitterness are in perfect balance, leading to a crisp, refreshing finish. 

Appearance: Straw color with good clarity and fluffy white foam.

Aroma: Notes of grapefruit zest, blood orange, and water cracker.


Taste: Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by subtle hop bitterness.


Mouthfeel: Thin, effervescent and crisp.


Overall: Vision bursts with aromas of zest grapefruit, fresh blood orange, and water cracker. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by mild hop bitterness, creating a flavorful Pale Ale that finishes crisp, clean and refreshing.


What foods would pair well with Vision? Vision would go really well with fried chicken.


Ideal glassware for Vision? A standard shaker pint.