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White Birch First Sparrow - White Birch Brewing

White Birch First Sparrow
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83
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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%


Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 02-23-2013)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky, caramel orange with a fizzy head on top that sizzles away to nothing but a scrim. In body the beer is dark and murky, but clean of particles, giving the beer a cloudy amber hue. On the nose, this beer is all about the smoked malts. Big, woodsy and sweet with notes of wood smoked bacon and pork. There is a creaminess to the smell that blends beautifully with the smoke and accentuates it, suggesting light butter and very light caramel malt. The smell is rich and smoky, and though it is a little one-noted with the smoke, there is ample complexity within the smoke. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly smoky sweet with a light acidic pop. Meaty salt notes also swim over the tongue. In flavor, the beer begins with a huge burst of smoky beechwood, bacon, and smoked pork. This beer then takes towards bright citrus, almost like lemon juice. Caramel malts, like what you would find in a malty amber ale, do appear on the tongue in the middle of the sip, but are then blended with spicy hop note and then the smoke returns in the finish, giving lovely woody notes alongside the richer, meaty notes. The end of the finish is a little weak and watery, finally showing the beer’s 3.8%, but up until that point I could not have guessed the beer’s weak ABV. The aftertaste is slightly chary, and metallic, but is mostly the nice smoked malt. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body, yet slightly chewy in mouthfeel. Carbonation is fierce and scrubbing, which makes it easy to drink lots of the beer, but is a little too fierce for my taste. Overall, this is a weird and unique beer. The smoked malts are rich and tasty, and pack a ton of flavor into this little beer, and the caramel malt provides a light secondary flavor. The finish is watery, however, which might be due to the style, and definitely makes this beer drinkable in large quantities, but leaves me wanting a little more weight in my mouth. This is a great beer and I am excited to see the style revived.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 17:57:36 | More by Maxwell
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Pours a beautiful hazy orange with ample fluffy white foam that doesn't want to go away. Aroma is smoky, as to be expected, but not especially meaty like that of some of its German cousins. A hint of sweetness and some fruity hops add some depth, but otherwise it's a straight-up campfire over here– in a good way. The taste is wonderful: clean smoke and wood are most prevalent, accompanied again by a very subtle sweetness that emerges only after the hops slide gently out of the way. Despite the noticeable bitterness and fruit, this isn't an overwhelmingly hoppy brew and the balance is really quite perfect. Perhaps the best –and most surprising– part, however, is the body, which is surprisingly full for such a weak beer yet still bright and crisp. Besides a hint of smoke, the beer finishes rather clean.

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