It’s a nice warm evening, and I’m out in the backyard grilling up a steak for dinner. I don’t know if it’s possible to grill without a beer in my hand, so I headed out to the fridge and thought I’d drink whatever I happened to grab. Out popped this brew, which I purchased a couple months ago in a “mix-a-six” pack at the local liquor store.
Location: Enjoyed the bottled beer, in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, at home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.88% ABV, ~ 185 Calories
Ingredients: Grains: Belgian biscuit malt, chocolate malt, pale malt, Gambrinus honey malt; Hops: Cascade (5 hop additions)
Appearance & Aroma: It’s fairly clear and brown in color, with a slightly copperish red hue and a finger tall creamy foamy head. It’s got an incredibly nice caramelly and malty aroma with a dose of citrus and pine hoppiness.
Taste & Feel: It has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a light-medium body. It starts out malty, with bready caramel flavors. That gives way to a citrusy caramel flavor, and finishing with a citrusy and resiny bitterness.
Food Pairing: This would go great with a mushroom and swiss pub burger. It’s solid enough to stand up to a hearty meal, and the bready caramel flavors would go nicely with the mushrooms. The nice hop finish helps to wash it down and finish the combination off perfectly.
Overall Impression: I love the balance and flavor in this beer, as it takes you from caramel, malty, and bready flavors, to citrus, resin, and piney hop flavors in the finish. This one was aged a few months, so the hoppy flavors were a bit less than when it’s fresh. However, I’ve had this many times before and highly recommend this beer.