Trench Brewing & Distilling – Pine Pass Pale Ale


Trench Brewing & Distilling – Pine Pass Pale Ale Review

When we think of Prince George in Northern BC we really do not think about it as a BC Craft beer destination, but with the opening of CrossRoads Brewing opening in 2017 and Trench Brewing in 2018, a craft trend started to emerge in Prince George. Now, In Northern BC, there are now craft breweries, a few tap houses, distilleries, and even a hop farm.

Brewmaster Paul Goncalves (originally from Howe Sound Brewing)and his team have created a great example of a west coast inspired hazy pale ale with the Pine Pass pale ale. The aroma has huge citrus, mostly grapefruit notes with just a hint of pine. It pours a light copper colour and is hazy, almost opaque in appearance. The white head is extra frothy and mousse-like, great for a photo opp! The taste is grapefruit juice/pith, not too tart, with just the right amount of bitterness, but is creamy to the mouthfeel and ends with a nice crispness. It’s extremely easy to drink, and I only wish I had picked up a second can as I really just wanted to drink more.


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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Gold
  • Head Size & Retention: Above average head/retention
  • Carbonation: Mild Carbonation
  • Clarity: Opaque
  • Balance: Very Hoppy
  • Drinkability: Easy Drinking
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Light
  • Hop Characteristics: Citrusy, Piney or Woody
  • Palate: Medium Bodied


A crisp refreshing hop forward hazy pale ale. Moderate bitterness balanced by a clean malt profile giving way to a bright pine, citrus, and stone fruit hop characteristic.

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