Origin – United States of America
Style- Pale Ale
On my honour, I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to my God and the queen of Australia, to help other people, and to live by the Cub Scout Law. Now, I’m not encouraging underage drinking or condoning the time when as a young Boy Scout we snuck a few cans of Resch’s Real silver bullets from my dad’s fridge to enjoy with our rolly bark cigarettes. But the connection between good beer and good times outdoors in the woods cannot be denied. And it was that connection that inspired this collaboration between a 30-year-old brewery in Newport, Oregon called Rogue, and the 130-year-old woolen blanket manufacturer in Portland, Oregon called Pendleton. The result was the release of this limited-edition Pendleton Pale Ale filled into four purpose designed cans, each dedicated to a different National Park: Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Mt. Rainier and this Crater Lake version (I’m told the design reflects a blanket, though if you ask me it looks more like it could be the new Scout Beer Brewing Activity Badge!). Now given that National Parks all over the world revolutionised the outdoors, it’s only fitting that a brewery that started a revolution in fermentation and a wool manufacturer that transformed blanket design with its dyed-in-the-wool process, should raise a glass together and produce a package that begs to be taken into the wild and shared with friends. Handmade with Rogue’s own Oregon-grown barley and hops, the Pendleton Pale Ale, unlike many of today’s hop heavy PA’s, is a light and easy drinking trail-friendly beer. Pour it into your empty baked beans tin and the first thing you notice is its orangey amber colour (or is it that the result of what was left of the beans now mixed with the ale?). If you put down the rolly bark for a moment, and you’ll notice the nose is all malt mixed with orange marmalade, a slight hint of tangerine and pine scented hops. The taste hikes up the same trail as the nose, with a moderate hop character that revolves around the marmalade. The malts deliver a bready backbone and a faint caramel sweetness, and the finish is balanced with a distant lingering orange pith that leaves its mark on the tongue. So next time you pack the camping gear for an epic hike through the woods with your Scout patrol, don’t forget to stop by your local to pick up some trail mix and a few of these adventure-inspired tinnies…of course, don’t crack them until the littlies are tucked up tight in their sleeping bags.