White Birch Hooksett Ale - White Birch Brewing
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Reviews by Cavery:
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A pint provided by AleLovinRuskie (thanks!). Acquired in a recent trade, and shared with Klym.
Bottled April 2011
Bottle # 1808
Poured into Lost Abbey Tulips.
A: A very luminous rustic orange body with super sticky large to medium bubble foam. The lacing shows the remnants of the 2 1/2 finger head. Sprawling islands of cobwebs patch the sides of the glass. This thing looks like an absolute champion, even with some months behind it. A slightly red character to the body makes for a bit of a memorable departure from typical images in style.
S: A really rich powdery bakery of a nose. Rustic breads with handfuls of dried nectarines, apricots, and pineapple slices. Love the nose on this thing, the marriage of baking flours and dried fruits takes me to French Patisseries. Loving this nose, crazy bakery flavors that take me to another place. The malt sweetness is so married with tropical dried fruits that I just marvel at the swirling sweet complexity.
T: The taste is very mellow, with slight notes of alcohol glazed toasted breads. Darker french bread crusts crack and leave those bready bits that linger on the palate like a teasing of breads that have since left the bakery. I sense a little bit of this flavor character might have passed, but the leftovers are delicious. I get a very specific lentil like sweetness that dances a bit with brown sugars to make for a great topping on toasted breads. I really like the balance on this thing, even if some of the complexity has passed, the balance hasn't. A brief hop linger passes with the breads.
M: A soft melting cotton candy in the mouth, really there is truly a melting sensation to the feel of this beer. I love how it feels alive and fluffy, then gives into a gradual decay. The carbonation does a consistently slow release that dissolves like a piece of fancy dessert in the mouth. I really like this once again, and am impressed that this has held up so well.
O: I REALLY need to try this fresh. This is so good despite the age, and I can't help but feel extremely compelled to get a fresh bottle of this. I haven't had a balanced offering like this from the east coast before, and would love to have some more birch in my fridge. This beer drinks so easily, and is weak in no area. It would be very easy to have a mediocre offering and put some blame on the age, but this has held up so well. I'd love to try it with more alive hop character, but man what a backbone this thing has. This is a must revisit for me, and a must try for anyone reading this.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2011 03:21:12 | More by Cavery
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3.81/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep, thick orange with solid white lacing that clings to the tulip glass for the full duration. Smell is not overpowering or juicy by any stretch, more piney and resinous with heavy malt, bready smell.
The strength of this beer is the malt, vey chewy with fairy heavy body. I prefer to sip here styles of IPA over the standard versions. I would certainly buy again, but the Belgian tag is lost one me, more an American or perhaps English yeast strain to me.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2013 00:52:55 | More by DAllspaw
White Birch Hooksett Ale from White Birch Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.