Black Raven Brewing
June 22nd, 2020
American Pale Ale
A careful selection of Northwest hops, premium barley, and our unique yeast give this ale a rich and complex malty middle with a snappy hop finish. Crisp, clean and smooth with hints of citrus and fruit.Georgetown Brewing
Sure, I guess I'll have a Manny's.Seattle Resident
Manny's Pale Ale is a Seattle staple. Georgetown has purposely never packaged this beer for retail sale as a way to encourage people to get out and support the bars and restaurants that have supported them through the years.
It's hard to imagine being a Seattle beer lover who hasn't had Manny's in a while, so if there's one good thing that's come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's that I can still enjoy a Manny's from the comfort of my socially-isolated couch.
Manny's pours a deep hazy orange with a full two fingers of frothy white head. The head sticks around for a while, dissipating with some nice lacing around the sides of the glass.
The aroma is fairly mild for a hoppy pale, with notes of citrus fruits and mango. As the citrus notes go, I'm primarily getting orange, which comes through in several Georgetown beers for me. Overall, it's very nice and pleasant, but nothing particularly hops out as unique for the style.
The flavor follows the nose very well; I'm mostly getting citrus and bready notes with very little piney/hop character. The malts are much more pronounced than the typical hop-forward pale ale in the Seattle area, making it very drinkable and approachable for non-hop-heads.
Everything here is sort of "middle of the road." It's very pleasant, but nothing particularly jumps out as exceptional.
This is a very medium-bodied beer with medium-to-light carbonation. I would generally expect a bit more punch and carbonation to this style, but it does fit with the other characters the beer has going for it, so it's nicely-balanced.
I'd say this holds very true to its "darn tasty pale ale" slogan without anything too exciting.
It's hard to quantify how iconic this beer is around Seattle, even though most locals will just tell you it's "pretty good." If you're at a bar or restaurant around here, there's a good chance Manny's is on tap, which is what makes it great. It's nice to have an "old reliable" option when there isn't much selection, or you're not feeling particularly adventurous. Though I have to say, it really feels like it's missing something when it's not paired with a burger or a hot dog at a game.
While it's hard to recommend stocking the fridge with Manny's cans over the other phenomenal beers available around here, I'd say it's absolutely worth supporting a good cause and grabbing a 6-pack before you need to go outside to enjoy it again.