I’m in Atlanta, GA, with my friend Joe and we’ve had quite an evening – first stopping at The Wrecking Bar Brewpub where I had a nice Jemmy Dean Breakfast Stout and a great Dry Hopped & Cedar Aged Denamelizer IIPA. Then we stopped at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, and had a couple more good beers. Our final stop of the evening is Taco Mac in midtown, where I enjoyed this local beer while watching the end of the Cardinals baseball playoff game.
Location: On tap and served in a slightly curved pint glass at Taco Mac in midtown Atlanta, GA.
Numbers: 8.2% ABV, 85 IBUs, ~300 Calories
Ingredients: Grains: Marris Otter as a base malt, with Munich, caramel, and a smidge of wheat; Hops: Simcoe, Willamette, Columbus, and Cascade
Appearance & Aroma: It’s brown in color with some rusty reddish hues, and very clear. There’s a thick, creamy, cream-colored head on it, which had good retention and lacing. There was a light citrus-grapefruit aroma with some piney-floral hoppiness in the background.
Taste & Feel: The body was medium-to-full and the mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The flavor up front is a caramel sweet maltiness, smoothly transitioning to a citrusy-pine hop flavor in the middle. The bitterness comes up with a nice bite in the finish, but the hop flavors are definitely there, supported by a good caramel malt backbone. The citrusy-pine hop flavors linger for a bit in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer has a good balance of maltiness up front and citrusy-pine hop flavors in the back end. I love pairing this kind of beer with a thick juicy burger, as the caramel meltiness gives a smooth introduction to the beer from the food, and transitions the palate to enjoy the beer’s hop flavors.
Overall Impression: This beer had a very good mix of maltiness, hop flavors and bitterness. It wasn’t balanced (int’s not supposed to be), but the complexity and timing of flavors was very good. I really enjoyed the creamy mouthfeel, the caramel maltiness, and the hop bite in the finish. Overall, I enjoyed the hop flavors and bitterness and thought it was a very solid double IPA.