Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
-Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo
Well, this is a bit odd. I didnt really know what to expect from this beer, other than strength. The beer pours a considerably lighter color than I expected from a barleywine: hazy gold, like a Belgian Tripel. The fluffy white head gave off fresh, crisp, yeasty aromas when the beer was poured and when the glass was swirled, but hoppiness oozed through when the beer was still. The body was effervescent, though quite substantial. It felt exactly like youd expect a bottle-conditioned barleywine to feel. Im not talking about the standard unfiltered, force carbonated offeringsthis one felt like a tripel without any candi sugar in the grist. Plus, this beer used hops :) The big, PacNW hoppiness was abundantly evidentpine needles meet citrus fruit, ending in a sticky, lingering, but not astringent bitterness. The maltiness was sweet, fresh, fruity and generous, though overshadowed somewhat by the sticky, lovely hoppiness and the bottle conditioned character. Now this is the kind of beer that I can really get intoits experimental without being stupid. Its a pale-colored, bottle conditioned barleywine. Thats cool! Its not a 25% ABV monster finished with champagne yeast, or an uncarbonated port-beer, or any other gimmick-type beer. Its thinking outside the beer box, but within the massive, overarching this is still beer box.
After a bit more warming occurs, the fruitiness really stakes a claim to a position as a major flavor component. I can taste something like peaches in heavy syrup, but not quite so sweet. All the while the pungent, resiny hoppiness mingles with the crisp yeastiness to remind me that Im not drinking every other barleywine. A touch of alcoholic heat comes through after the hoppiness begins to subside, creating a sensation similar to finishing a restaurant peppermint. Adding the remaining yeast/trub pancake adds a touch of grit, but doesnt otherwise change the flavor.
Great beer. I could have done without quite as much fluffiness in my barleywine, but offsetting the standard 90 weight viscosity of other beers in this genre was a welcome change of pace. I was impressed.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2003 19:33:29 | More by TXHops
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