Mischief - The Bruery
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3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a goblet. No freshness date, unfortunately.
Produces a slightly cloudy, golden color with a generous head. Carbonation definitely became more plentiful with subsequent pours, as did yeastiness. Bubbles float around at the edges of the glass, as well as occasional floaty or two. It's a pretty good take on the appearance of BSPAs, yet a very simple one at that. I guess my only quarrel less carbonation than I would prefer.
Aromas resemble bananas, white grapes, toffee, and lots of different seasonal spices, such as coriander and rosemary. A really interesting and pleasant mix overall, as well as strong phenols produced by the yeast, which constantly change as temperature does in the glass. There's an alcoholic backdrop, as well as an inclusion of zesty hops all around. Pretty balanced overall.
Flavor is a bit different, yet as noted, varies depending on the temperature, as well as the amount of yeast in the glass. At a first taste, it's rather fruity, slightly sweetened, with some peppery spice and and alcohol burn towards the finish. When it comes to flavors grouped with its high amount of carbonation, it's definitely a BSPA on its road to a tripel. However, when combined with more yeastiness, it definitely remains a hybrid of the two, yet gets rather difficult to drink for me as it continues to warm up. Despite additions of fruity yeastiness, the alcohol reveals its ugly side eventually and throws things off for me a bit. Was happy to split this, as it went from mellow to slightly nauseating the quicker it warmed up.
Any issues aside, this is still a significantly balanced take on BSPA on the style, and definitely the best West Coast adaptation since I had Russian River's Damnation. It's definitely a good way to introduce newcomers to the style, and it pairs quite easily with most types of food as well as all seasons in the year. Glad to try this as my first beer by the Bruery, hope to try more soon!
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2012 07:24:01 | More by magictacosinus
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