Union Duckpin Pale Ale

Posted: December 17, 2016 in American Pale Ale, Reviews, Union Craft Brewing Company

Since hoppy beers are so popular, it seems like everyone has an aggressive pale that is hitting the shelves. This is one that I can’t get in Jersey, so I was interested in giving it a shot.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This generously hopped pale ale is a strike in your mouth! Brewed with lots of Pacific Northwest & New Zealand hops, this beer is ten frames of big citrus and tropical fruit aroma and flavor. A strong malt backbone rounds it out and makes this pale ale a delight for the senses. The pins may be small but the flavor is huge! In our town, we roll Duckpin – a true Baltimore original.”

Random: Val and I have been bowling once. I had a lot of fun, although I don’t think Val enjoyed it nearly as much as I did.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger, white head. It dissipated at a snail’s pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy golden-yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with bright citrus. I specifically picked up grapefruit flesh and orange flesh. There was no malt on the nose. The taste was equally bright. Unlike the nose, it had a lot of grass up front. It then went into citrus with grapefruit zest and flesh. There was a touch of cracker on the end. For a pale, the bitterness was intense, but not overwhelming. The body was thicker than the typical pale with lots of carbonation. It had a quick and bitter finish with grapefruit. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I enjoyed this one quite a lot and would definitely have it again if I was in Maryland.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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