Cornballer - The Bruery
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Reviews by errantnight:
1.88/5 rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
A sticky head (tons o' hops) and a rich golden hue. Purdy.
But the problems begin in the nose. Initially there's a big waft of pleasant citrus notes, backed by a sticky resin that disintegrates into a harsh, vegetal, muck.
Unfortunately this is backed up on the palate. Compensating to hide a "malt" backbone that is thin, flabby and sweet, the hops have been delivered by the truckload and while the blend seems nice, they've sat too long. Their is a rough, ragged bitterness that doesn't so much cap a pleasant swallow as it does attempt to scrape away any residual flavor. Which is probably the right idea, I don't know that I'd like this sitting on my tongue, but it adds to the overall unpleasantness.
The body is overly thin, lacking the structure of long chain sugars and proteins you might want in a beer of this size.
Overall, a gimmick and a disappointment. Clearly overcompensating and trying to get some value out of their crazy 21 year whiskey beer, they produced something that if a pilot batch would never have seen the light of day (I'd hope).
I do love The Bruery, but I wish they'd quit dancing around the IPA if they want to play with American hops, or at least just make their XPA (now that they've got it down) and their Humulus Lager regular draft brews. Or if not, at least come up with a more novel way to rescue a poor base than smothering it in hops. Belgian yeast and blending in some wheat heavy wort and perhaps an interesting, and drinkable, Saison could have come of things. This... this was more unpleasant than your average malt liquor from the corner store.
Serving type: on-tap
03-30-2011 21:10:29 | More by errantnight
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3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
dull golden amber, almost a straw or hay like color. Initially a big fizzy white head formed on top, but quickly evaporated leaving behind nothing but a pale yellow fizzy liquid.
Grainey and musty would be the best way to describe it. Like wet old grass cuttings, or moldy bread. There a slight note of a hoppy touch in there, but the smell was rather unremarkable. It was crisp, with a clean finish, and had a touch of some kinda different back to it, but that was about it.
Serving type: growler
11-21-2011 03:05:51 | More by mikesgroove
Cornballer from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.