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Bike Trail Pale Ale, Cage Brewing

St. Pete brewery taps into the lighter side of ale. | Local craft beer of the week
Bike Trail Pale Ale [Courtesy of Eric Richardson]
Published Oct. 31

Sometimes, it’s all about simplicity. Daytime outings in (slightly) cooler weather pair well with easy-drinking beers, even if the trend in fall leans toward more substantial ales. Sometimes, you need a hefty, flavor-laden brew; sometimes, a crisp pale ale is all that will do.

St. Petersburg’s Cage Brewing keeps an eclectic tap list at all times, with entries ranging from a dense, obsidian stout loaded with peanut butter and chocolate to ultra-light lagers modeled after the low-carb stuff you’ll find at the grocery store.

One of the latest favorites to re-emerge is downright plain compared to the average Cage outing, but it’s also one of the strongest in execution. Clocking in at only 4.4 percent alcohol by volume and just over 30 bitterness units, Bike Trail is as laid back as they come — a bright and refreshing ale that’s more flavorful than its light body would suggest.

Bike Trail is brewed with Simcoe hops, prized for their ability to impart a smooth, unintrusive bitterness to light-bodied beers. It’s then dry-hopped with Mosaic, a Simcoe relative prized for its complexity, with a tapestry of fruity flavors: berries, mangoes and grapefruit.

Bike Trail is ultimately a showcase for the ever-popular Mosaic hop variety, but its strength is in not trying to be anything but a simple, refreshing beer, perfect for a patio session on a cool November afternoon. When that’s what you’re in the mood for, there’s nothing better.

Pedal up to Cage’s tasting room at 2001 First Ave. S to try Bike Trail on tap or take home some in a 32-ounce growler — one of the coolest-looking ones you’ll find in the bay area, at that.

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