Little Village MFA - Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks

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BA SCORE
86
very good

15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 5.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: ffejherb on 05-14-2011)
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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. A well-hopped brown ale.

A: The ale is dark, watered down chocolate syrup in a dark brown-nearly black look. An off-white head sits handsomely atop the brew.

S: Toffee and caramel, the malty side of the nose stands out from the first sniff. That rich maltiness initially covers up the citrusy hops that come through later. As the ale warms, those hops become more apparent. Be forewarned though, this is no hopbomb.

T: The rich maltiness continues here, toffee driving a significant portion of the flavor. Caramel adds a sweetness in a supporting role. As the ale warms, the C hops come through with a citrusy pop. While they stand out, the maltiness is the true star of the show. The sweetness of the toffee is a pleasant lasting finish.

M: The mouthfeel is full and malty, the caramel and toffee both working hard. I was surprised that the hops weren't that powerful. They come through eventually but the toffee rocks.

Photo of tviz33
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a darker reddish color nearly boarding on brown. The head upon serving is quite thin and fades to leaves a very thin persistent film on the brew with a light amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell – Malty caramel sweetness is the most potent in the nose. There is a little bit of roastiness in the aroma as well mixed with a decent aroma of some nice hop smells. The hop aromas are mostly lemony citrus in nature with bits of pine and floral aromas mixed in.

Taste – The taste matches the nose quite nicely. A somewhat sweet caramel flavor upfront giving way a bit to some more roasted malty flavors (although the roast is light in comparison to the sweeter). Toward the middle of the taste the hops really come to fruition. The pine and lemon hops provide a nice balance to some of the caramel malt; which in the end leave a nice aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel –The body is somewhat chewy with a lighter level of carbonation. These attributes of the mouthfeel make the beer coat and sit on the tongue creating a very drinkable and soothing brew.

Overall – A nice beer with some good balance from its malty body/flavor mixed with a bit of spiciness of hop. Very drinkable and one to try if you get a chance.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a small white head.

Smell is malt forward with mild sweetness, caramel, very light pine/floral hops.

Taste balances malt and hops upon 7.5ABV. Sweet and bready upfront where malt dominates, light herbal hop quality and mild bitterness.

Mild carbonation, pretty light actually. Refreshing.

Not my favorite from Elk Creek but pretty good!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Elk Creek on 5/14/11. MFA stands for "Multi-Faceted Ale". Beer menu indicates the ale is brewed with Chinook and Cascade hops.

A - Rusty auburn brown liquid with deep violet and burgundy hues and a frothy one-finger beige head that reduced to a patchy film and left dots and strings of thin lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet and sappy aroma with an abundance of pine notes, sweet biscuity malt and a hint of citrus fruit. Sweet caramel and toffee notes are also apparent. A more pronounced citrus oil and rind character emerged as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - The ale is hoppy at its core, imparting a piney character balanced by rich toffee malts as well as sweet caramel, toasted grains and slightly burnt biscuit bottoms. A hint of citrus rind and leafy herbs add a bit more wallop in the hop department, which helps to deliver a bold bitter finish with a hint of honey sweetness to balance.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly thick, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is kind of sticky overall. Finish is pretty dry with a substantial hop bite and hint of alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Drinks like a big Imperial Red or Amber ale with a hefty malt presence coupled with a moderate hop character. Definitely a multi-faceted ale. I likie!

Little Village MFA from Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.