2.13 Pale Ale

Brewery: Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (18B)
Package: 12oz Can
Purchased: Whichcraft Mueller, April 2018
Packaged Date: 2/14/18
Consumed Date: 5/1/18

Details from the Brewer

ABV: 4%
2.13 is a bantam-sized crystal blonde pale ale brewed and dry-hopped with Chinook, Mandarina Bavaria, and El Dorado. In the Weeds and Oasis Texas Brewing are collaborating on this beer that celebrates the hard working individuals of the service industry by brewing a beer for them, by them!


Aroma – 7/12

Peachy and piney hop aroma hits first at a medium intensity.  This is backed by some orange citrus and pineapple aromas at a slightly lower level.  A low level of grainy malt comes out as it warms.  No noticeable fermentation character.  Closer to room temp, there is more of a resin, sap character to the hop profile.

Appearance – 3/3

The liquid pours a deep good color with great clarity.  Some particles towards the bottom of the can create a slight haze.  Small and medium sized bubble create an average head.  It lasts with medium retention and fades to a small ring within a few minutes.

Flavor – 15/20

Piney hops start the taste at a medium level.  This is joined by a slight sweetness and a medium-low citrus character. A low intensity melon and stone fruit notes comes out towards the finish.  There is a slight grainy malt character.  The finish brings with it a medium bitterness, with only the fruited hop character lingering for a short time.  Balance it dry, and favoring the hop character.

Mouthfeel – 3/5

Medium carbonation, prickling the tongue on the finish.  The body is bordering low, maybe I’d call it low-medium.  It definitely brings with it a watery impression.  A very low level of astringency on the finish. Low level of alcohol warmth.

Overall Impression – 6/10

This is a very tasty, sessionable pale ale.  For being a little older, it has held up well.  The chinook piney hop character is a little out of balance in the aroma, it fits a lot better in the flavor.  Pale ale, generally need a little more malt character to create a little more balance with the hops.  I’d like to see a bit more body to the beer too.

Rating – 34/50

This is definitely a west coast take on a pale ale.  You could probably pass it off as a session IPA due to the hop character really overpowering any malt profile.  It’s always cool to see a brewery do a collaboration with a non-brewery.  In this case, In The Weeds is composed of Austin service industry folks.  In this case, it’s brining awareness that the server/bartender minimum wage is still $2.13/hr.  It’s barely gone up since I was a server over 10yr ago.  I could see this working as an after-shift pounder, if only the chinook hop character was mellowed a little.