When Marshall Wharf announced they were going to can their beer they said it would start with Can’t Dog and then rotate through some of their many other beers. For the first 6+ months Can’t Dog was the only beer being canned and I can’t blame them as it was very well received and most beer stores had problems even keeping it on the shelf.
Recently they decided to switch things up and started canning Ace Hole, a pale ale using a combination of Sorachi Ace and Citra hops. I have not had many beers that use Sorachi Ace so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Appearance is a bit darker than I expected with a thick tan head. There were a fair amount of floaties in the beer which I don’t mind but some people might. Aroma was ok with some lemon and pine.
Taste is where this one lost me. I was expecting a fairly hoppy pale ale and I am not sure what I would call it. Odd mix of flavors possibly from the combination of the Citra and Sorachi Ace? Not only that but it had a substantial alcohol taste to it which I did not expect from a 6.4% pale ale.
I have had quite a few beers from Marshall Wharf both on tap and in growlers and this is the first one that I did not care for. Normally even their high ABV beers mask the alcohol well (almost too well with Can’t Dog) but this one did not. Maybe I simply got a can from the end of the line but I am not sure I will give it another try to find out.
Cons: Odd flavor
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf
Brewers Description: Our newest regular member of the pale ale lineup. Hopped with Sorachi Ace and Citra hops.