PICK YOUR POISON: Pro-pain’s Pro-pale

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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.

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