Subzero Lager - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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Bumblebee yellow (clean, clear and bright) with a one finger crown of lemon-tinted ivory. At first it looked as though only smatterings of lace would appear on the glass, but thick and blurry rings were seen eventually.
Here is a good place to discuss style. The chalkboard at the entrance read 'in the golden zone between an ice beer, a malt liquor and an Imperial cream ale' and 'the USA's answer to Belgian golden ale'. Eisbock didn't fit and Belgian golden ale isn't an option (and didn't really fit anyway). I could have gone with either cream ale or malt liquor, but chose the latter since the beer is a lager.
The nose didn't give up its secrets willingly, though it was more forthcoming by the bottom half of the pint (despite the fact that the beer was farther away at that point). It was sweet and cereal grain-like, mildly musky and lightly lemony.
Even without the chalkboard info, I could have guessed that corn was used in addition to barley. Flaked corn may not be as sexy as Belgian candi sugar, but if it's done right, as in this case, it's fine and dandy by me. It gives beer a distinctive flavor that not all people like. Too bad, because this is my review.
A few degrees of warming opened things up and allowed all manner of flavors to flower. A Golden Delicious apple fruitiness was most prominent, followed closely by banana cream pie and a few lashings of honey. A lightly spicy German hoppiness turned out to be due to Hallertau. See how 'cream ale' would have worked as well?
The beer was incredibly well-balanced between sweet and bitter, and wasn't too much or too little of either one. Again, it became much more interesting as the ounces passed... just like I always do. A few degrees too chilly at the start was probably the culprit.
Bubbles that were slightly too effervescent early on settled down in short order, revealing the full, creamy, glassysmooth lusciousness of a well-brewed high gravity lager. Mouthfeel was a definite highlight.
Subzero Lager is a unique offering that is much more interesting than any malt liquor you'd care to name. Again, that style doesn't do it justice, but was the best choice available. Eric has done himself proud yet again. On a 9 degree day (like today) or a 99 degree day in August, Subzero will have you chillin' in no time.
02-12-2008 21:21:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
Subzero Lager from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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