Slapshot Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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4.22/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Transparent tangelo with marigold edges. The orange-ecru cap looked to be of high quality, hung around for a spell and left a fair amount of lace in scattered tatters when it eventually faded away. A good look.
The aroma was the only (small) chink in an otherwise solid suit of armor; largely because it wasn't very forthcoming. Warming didn't help much because, by then, the beer was too far away from my nose at the bottom of the tall mug. Lightly toasted malt and herbal-fruity hops were my general impressions. It was pleasant enough to earn above average status.
It took a few mouthfuls, but it wasn't long before it dawned on me just how well-constructed Slapshot Ale is. Most ambers are bland and uninteresting, by-the-numbers, but this one oozed character and drinkability despite not having a 'hook'.
Its single best feature was an impeccable balance that was maintained from the start of each mouthful to the finish, and from the first ounce (cool, pre-BBQ chicken pizza) to the last (room temperature, post-pizza) one. Another plus was that the flavor remained vivid from beer entry to beer exit and the mouthfeel hung on with tenacity as well.
In some respects, this fall-winter seasonal reminded me of a lighter, sweeter, fruitier marzen. I'm guessing that Vienna malt was used, perhaps a few handfuls of Munich. The malt flavor was akin to sugar-crusted toasted barley, English toffee and barely browned nuts. Call me crazy, but the words 'butter brickle' entered my brain as I drained the glass and prepared to head home.
The hops were orange fruity and moderately earthy. While they weren't major participants, the flavor and bitterness they provided was a perfect foil for the flavor and sweetness of the malt. For the record, the chalkboard just inside the front door listed the hop bill as Tettnang, Perle and Goldings. Tasty hop burps were an unexpected bonus.
The mouthfeel was nicely rounded and limber, with an ideal amount of mouthcoating, and the carbonation was spot-on. I'm tempted to go with the next highest score here.
Slapshot Ale has no bells and no whistles, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't make beautiful music. If you listen carefully, you can hear the pitch-perfect sound of yet another expertly crafted ale from this city's best brewpub. Goal!
Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines
11-30-2007 21:24:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Slapshot Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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