Second Degree - Earth Bread + Brewery
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Reviews by ithacabaron:
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours an exceptionally clear "jack o' lantern" orange, with blonde highlights around the edges. Head is thinish. Not too impressive, but that's okay.
Smell is decent, if very understated. Good clean malt, four-on-the-floor 1056 fermentation. Almost no phenols. Yuenglingish, actually, and not in a bad way.
From this, you'd think that we're headed for disappointment. But not so neither! The taste is wonderful -- the earlier review about tasting like a fresh-baked roll is spot on. To be even more specific, it has the exact flavor of a just-toasted Martin's Potato Roll; a little sweet, a little yeasty, with tons of caramelized flavors to chew on. Deeeelightful. The finish comes in with a delicate touch -- just a kiss of the hops, enough to dry the palate and invite the next sip.
Mouthfeel is decent, but perhaps a bit too firm for the style. Still, not bad. Would love to see what this is like on the hand-pump.
Drinkability is quite nice, at 3.5%. I can't put them back like I used to, so it's nice to drink a beer that I can have a few glasses of.
All in all, not quite on par with last year's transcendent Santos L. Halper, but still, this is a beer worth heading across town for. Go get yourself a pint.
Serving type: on-tap
12-24-2010 05:54:25 | More by ithacabaron
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4/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Tried on-tap at Earth Bread + Brewery on December 4th. Review from notes. Poured into a 20 oz. glass.
Beer is lively and doughy, with a heavy, foamy head and copper body. Head retains well and leaves behind an elegant lacing.
Aroma is yeasty and biscuity, like an ESB, with some candied malt and an earthy, oatey texture.
Taste packs in bitter hops with English yeast and a light, smooth body. Sweet toffee and caramel flavors come through nicely, followed by the chewiness of a fresh roll. This is a very tasty number.
Mouth is smooth, with a zippy, almost peppery, burst of dryness. The caramel and yeast play off each other well, creating a interesting combination of flavors on the tongue.
Simply put, this a wonderful session ale that perfectly represents an oft-ignored style. Earth Bread has made quite a first impression.
Serving type: on-tap
12-12-2010 21:10:48 | More by deapokid
Second Degree from Earth Bread + Brewery
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