840. Ninkasi Brewing – Sleigh’r Winter Ale

840. Ninkasi Brewing - Sleigh'r Winter AleWe’ve been in the midst of an ice storm this weekend, and now that it’s Monday it’s foggy and raining out. Either way, the winter weather has got us all in a funk. Therefore, I decided to open this beer, which my friend @Bettywriter sent to me as a Christmas gift a few weeks ago. I love it when she sends me stuff from the Pac-Northwest that I can’t get around here.

Location: Poured into a large Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL

Numbers: 7.2% ABV, 60 IBUs, 270 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a deep dark brown color, with some brown and ruby highlights when held up to the light. It has a big, tan, creamy head on it which lasted for quite a while. The aroma is malty-alcoholic with some earthy hoppiness underneath.

Taste & Feel: The body is surprisingly light for a bigger beer, and the mouthfeel is slightly watery with some creaminess from the head on it. There’s a sweet malty-alcoholic flavor up front, much like the nose, but the alcohol flavors quickly fade in the middle. The warm maltiness grows in the middle and is joined by a solid dose of earthy-spicy hops in the dry hop finish. The earthy-spicy hoppiness is what sticks around in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: The nice sweet maltiness and earthy hop bitterness would make this a perfect beer to go with BBQ. However, since it’s a winter beer, it would probably go good with chili, or a good beef stew.

Overall Impression: This beer had a nice sweet maltiness and an earthy-spicy bitterness that was great for a warming winter beer. I enjoyed the mix of flavors for this type of beer, and it was quite flavorful. The flavors reminded me of some nice hoppy red ales I’ve had. Overall, it’s a great winter beer, and I’m super appreciative my friend @Bettywriter thought of me and sent this!

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Author: kkozlen

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