Extending a Welcoming Hand
A Review of Peacemaker by LoneRider Brewing Co.
Posted on 5/8/2013 by Chops
                   
Great
In the lands of better beer, the pale ale is perhaps the most widely recognized baseline brew. Almost every brewery you come across will have their own version of the APA (American Pale Ale) which is often their most popular beer. This is simply because the pale ale as a style is extremely easy to grasp for novice beer drinkers. A well balanced combination of sweet malts and a notable hop profile is pretty much all you need. Consequently, these tasty brews are fantastic options for beer drinkers who want good flavor without being slapped in the face by bitterness or strength. In my local beer scene here in the Triangle area of North Carolina, a popular option is the Peacemaker Pale Ale from the LoneRider Brewing Company.

In the glass, this beer has a coppery golden coloration. It comes with a frothy white head that has good retention. On the nose, I found an earthy malty aroma with crisp piney hops. The aroma is nicely balanced and resides on the milder end of the spectrum, so it takes some effort to grasp. Pale ales aren't generally known for their aromatic potency, so this wasn't a detriment by any means. It just took a little more digging than usual.

The flavor closely mirrored the aroma, so the foreshadowing was right on the money. The beer has a nice base of sweet earthy malt with notes of caramel. Resting on top is a piney hop profile along with some grassy notes. The flavors are balanced, clearly defined, and easy to understand. There is very little aggression, allowing beer fans to enjoy the session at their own pace. Peacemaker has a light, crisp mouthfeel and drinks very easily. The beer finishes somewhat dry and leaves behind a mild bitter aftertaste.

Overall, LoneRider's Peacemaker Pale Ale is a solid representation of the style. It has good flavor and good presence. I can easily recommend it to most beer fans, but especially to novices. Peacemaker's high accessibility makes it a great bridge into better beer. Seasoned drinkers can appreciate this beer as a good session option. Hops heads will probably find this beer to be somewhat lacking in flavor punch, and that's okay. This beer isn't meant for them. Every beer style needs reliable greeters, and Peacemaker certainly extends a welcoming hand.

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