Ruth - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Hazy, dark strawberry blond color with a diminishing white residue of foam whose bubbles retreat to the periphery of the glass. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Beautiful and nuanced, with decadent fermented grain, varietal flowers, and juicy peach that is totally dishonest in its authenticity, belying the fact that no fruit was used in the brewing of this beer. Unfortunately the most interesting volatile smells fade too quickly, gone long before the liquid that harbored them.
T: Begins off-dry, with bright and surprisingly spirituous toasted malt as well as floral and delicate citrus hop aromatics. Acidity lends a faint tartness that pairs pleasantly with the fresh stone fruit flavors of the middle. Fruity elements are remarkably clean, tasting more like a beer fermented with real fruit--rather than one rich in ale yeast esters. Sweetness also peaks in the middle, again matching the other flavors appropriately. Dryness becomes resurgent in the finish, with moderate bitterness, and fruit turning more vinous. Pilsner malt lingers on the palate.
M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.
D/O: This unique and special pale ale is one of those beers that seems like more than the sum of its parts--it seems fantastically complex and interesting for the style. It is so focused in its fruity, yeasty qualities that it could masquerade as a fruit beer of Belgian origin in a blind tasting. While it could be considered experimental for the style, it doesn't quite cross the line into extreme--except for its high price tag.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2011 15:55:23 | More by beagle75
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