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PICK YOUR POISON: Pro-pain’s Pro-pale

Bands, festivals and the lot are releasing branded booze by the dozens these days. Or people get inspired by bands and the overal metal, rock,… culture to create alcoholic beverages as a tribute.

GRIMM makes it its mission to get to the bottom (of the bottle) of this trend with insightful reviews and extra backgrounds. So sit back, PICK YOUR POISON, and discover all you need to know about your favorite band’s alcoholic brands!

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(ABV = Alcohol By Volume; IBU = International Bittering Units)

A beer tasting backstage after a concert in Belgium was the trigger to brew Gary‘s favorite of the evening. Pro-pale was originally a fan’s homebrew: straightforward and no-nonsense, as is the band.

A fan of Pro-Pain and its vocalist/bassist and only remaining original member Gary Meskil happen to meet and share their love for beer. Apparently that fan’s homebrew was the favorite of the night for Gary. So then came the decision to bring the beer on the market, dedicated to Gary and his beloved hardcore band Pro-Pain.

Tasting

When pouring the Pro-Pale, you get a gold blonde color and a white foam that seems slightly adhesive and sticks around for a while. The nose picks up fruity, grassy and floral aromas and the typical hoppy and yeasty notes of a pale ale.

Putting a first sip in our mouth, we get a fruity, yeasty and very hop-forward flavor that packs quite a punch. The grassy and floral notes are quite strong, giving it almost a soapy touch. Luckily the added oats balance it somewhat out by giving the beer a soft mouthfeel. We expect this beer to be one that you either love or hate due to its outspoken flavor profile.

Packaging

The artwork of the can is simple, yet very stylish and fitting for a band like Pro-Pain. On the front the name of the beer in straightforward blocky letters, a fist seemingly ready to hit you in the face, brewery logo and classic “NYHC” stamp. More on the side a cool looking wave/swirl with a concert pic of Pro-Pain, the quote we earlier shared and the mention of it being a hopforward pale ale and tribute to the band and its frontman.

GOES BEST WITH…

This “taste of rebellion” goes great with…

Reviews

  • Look9
  • Aroma8
  • Taste7
  • Packaging9
  • Originality8
  • 8.2

    Score

    As hoppy as it is straightforward this pale ale has quite the yeasty and herbal touch with no remorse that fits perfectly with the punch in the face that is Pro-Pain's music. We expect this beer to be one that you either love or hate due to its outspoken flavor profile.


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