Underdog Pale from Broadhead Brewing Company Limited in Ottawa, Ontario is a chill hazed golden colour with orange tinges and pours with a creamy off-white head that leaves thick, web-like lacing behind as it settles into a thin cap on your glass. This American pale ale is bursting with tropical fruit aromas like mango and passionfruit, with notes of honey and light caramel malts, as well as a hint of pine resin.
The taste of Underdog Pale is firmly anchored by an earthy grain character that is complemented by citrus peel and honey flavours, along with a moderate bitterness. A peppery tone comes forward in the finish of this lightly carbonated and slightly syrupy feeling ale that is on the thinner side of medium-bodied. Grain and mineral notes return in the aftertaste, which is quite dry.
Growlers from Broadhead are unmistakably labeled with the brewery’s bold, eye-catching logo. They are also charged with carbon dioxide as they are being filled, meaning an unopened growler can remain fresh for several weeks when stored in the right conditions. If you are at all interested in how a modern brewery operates or DIY engineering solutions, I’d suggest asking for a quick tour when you go in.
Underdog Pale is a very solid flagship ale from one of the most consistent breweries in Ottawa. The earthy character brings an English ale to mind, but the beer also delivers the refreshing, fruity notes that APA fans look for. It would be great with sandwiches, moderately spicy dishes, pizza, grilled chicken or pork.
Broadhead Brewing Company Limited is open for business five days a week. You can also find their beers at select licensees in Ottawa and beyond, or have growlers delivered to your home by Brew Donkey.
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: Ontario, Ottawa
Brewery: Broadhead Brewing Company Linited
Format Purchased: 1.89 L
Price: $15 (Includes $4 Growler Deposit)
Alcohol Content: 5.2%