Wednesday, May 18, 2011

LoneRider Peacemaker Pale Ale

Cowboy up boys and girls. The Peacemaker Pale Ale comes from the LoneRider Brewing Company in Raleigh, NC. The LBC's motto is "Ales for Outlaws." I've never been arrested or been on the lam from the feds, but I enjoyed this beer even if it isn't meant for me.

The LoneRider Brewing Company has a thing for the old west, for cowboys, and for western American style beers. They brew four beers, with names such as Peacemaker, Shotgun Betty, Sweet Josie, and DeadEye Jack. The brewery opened in 2009, and I bet a wooden Indian nickel that repeated viewings of HBO's Deadwood had something to do with it. I've never seen the show, but heard it's pretty good. If there ever was a cowboy for a product to be inspired by though, it should be any cowboy played by Sam Elliott, more well known as The Stranger from The Big Lebowski. He is one awesome guy. Could be the most awesome ever. Ever see Road House? Of course you have. Here's a pic of Sam Elliott as the most sauntering, bad ass, cooler of all time Wade Garrett. Youtube failed to find any clips to demonstrate his gravitas. Go pop it in the DVD player now if you need a refresher, cuz I know you own a copy.

The Peacemaker Pale Ale is marketed as a west coast style American pale ale, and it sure does taste like one that I am sure you have had before. A little hoppy, this ale goes down easy and has a pleasant aftertaste. It also has a pleasant aroma and is not too filling. Just about everything about this beer is pleasant. At 5.7% ABV and ~$8-9 a six pack, it sports a not too shabby ABV/$$ ratio. It's a solid beer, one that is going to bat 0.280, hit 15-18 HRs and drive in 80 RBIs a year. Solid. I'll pony up and buy this beer again, and am interested in trying the other offerings from LBC very very soon.

Drinkability: 6/10
Taste : 6/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10

Overall: 6.0/10

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