Hook & Ladder Anniversary Ale - Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
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3.35/5 rDev -14.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. 29909 on the neck. No info.
A - It seems a little light for a dubbel with it's cedar-amber hue but it's fairly clear and topped by an off-white head. It's dense stature almost reached three fingers! Good retention and some nice spots of lace on the glass.
S - The pour opened up some nice aromas in this brew; a good sweet amber malt background with a hint of toastiness to it. Some dark candi sugar comes out as well with hints of Belgian yeast. Esters of banana and figs give it a little fruity presence.
T - Toasted amber malts add just a little too much dry bitterness. It overtakes the candi sugar and yeast esters a bit too much. The yeast does give a distinct finish, but not one that's necessarily wanted.
M - Too dry and slightly bitter for a dubbel, it needs a bit more lingering sweetness. Medium-light-bodied and somewhat highly carbonated. Sort of thin-finishing as well.
D - Not a bad stab at a dubbel, it's an especially nice brew based on what I've had from Hook & Ladder. It's probably their best offering to date. With some tweaking, this could be a decent American dubbel.
10-11-2010 00:23:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours amber with a lively head, though the head falls to nothing disappointingly quickly. The aroma is sharp and fruity, like a spiced cider. The flavor is even sharper, with a burned caramel and mulled fruit character. like a fall apple cider. The mouthfeel is satisfyingly prickly, but the finish is disappointingly thin.
09-11-2010 21:27:10 | More by Seanibus
3.03/5 rDev -22.3%
A hard pour yields 2 fingers of tan head. Retention and lacing are both average, but a thin, tan rim remains present throughout the course of the tasting. The beer is a brownish-amber color which is largely translucent. It's slightly cloudy, but I'm able to see rising carbonation if I hold it up to the light.
I find the aroma to be somewhat pungent. The malt smells of sweet, roasted dark fruits with a hint of metal. It's accompanied by a spicy, yeast-like scent which I would best describe as "fall-like."
The malt tastes like a mix of plum and raisin, but there is also a bit of corniness to it. Spice is also apparent, but, unfortunately, so is the aforementioned metallic sensation. Hops become more apparent towards the end of the tasting, when the beer begins to dry my mouth.
When swirling the beer in the glass, it appears to be rather light-bodied. However, when drinking it, I find that the body is more of a medium-light variety that's slightly on the syrupy side. The aftertaste is rather dry - a bit dry for my taste.
In my approximation, the pungent flavor hurts this aspect a bit. It's a manageable beer, but it's not excellent in this respect. I think the body is a bit light for what I would expect of this style, too.
Upon quickly browsing the existing reviews, it seems that my review of this beer is "against the grain." For an "anniversary ale," I was honestly expecting a bit more in terms of both quality and style. I personally think this resembles more of a macro-type brew than a well-made Dubbel, but I suppose that's just my humble opinion. I bought this as part of a variety pack and it was definitely my least favorite of the bunch. However, I can't knock Hook & Ladder too much because I did enjoy the other beers.
09-07-2010 00:59:27 | More by diabecktic
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
This beer pours a dark copper/light amber color with a thin white head that quickly diminished. The aroma is moderately malty -- nutty and sweet with a spicy, fruity character from the yeast. The flavor is moderate-high malt -- nutty with some caramel and earthy undertones. There is a fruity/spicy yeast character present throughout that really emerges on the dry finish. The body is medium and carbonation medium-high. Overall a surprisngly complex, flavorful beer -- recommend.
08-25-2010 00:58:35 | More by uwmgdman
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very good, fruits, spices, bananas. Taste is also good, fruits, spices, bananas, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and I could drink these all night. Overall a very good quality brew.
05-26-2010 21:33:59 | More by tone77
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
I do not think I have tried a Hook and Ladder product before. Based on this tasting, I have been remiss. This is a worthwhile trial. Definitely a cut above.
The color, smell and consistency is all first rate. Not "authentic," but better than authentic, as with many American brews.Better in that it is bold and original.
I will definitely try other products from this brewery based on this sample, and I will seek this dubbel again..
05-02-2010 01:01:12 | More by schoolboy
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.39. There is no freshness date on the bottle and I also found it puzzling as to why Hook & Ladder doesn't even list this beer on it's website.
The beer poured a nice looking dark amber color that made a creamy 2 finger off-white head that lasted a few minutes before fading to a thin rim. Plenty of lacing on the glass.
This beer has a really nice aroma to it of candy-like sugars, caramel malt, spices, and bananas. Lots and lots of bananas!
This tastes like a caramel covered banana. It's malty sweet without being syrupy, but there's no doubt that the malts and banana flavors rule here. Clove spice and a touch of alcohol is also present and they both help to balance the malts as the hops are almost non-existent. Besides the banana flavor, there are also some other dark fruit flavors lingering in here to add to the complexity. I really really like this beer.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation level that seems to fit well here. The finish is dry.
This is a very drinkable beer. I don't know if I could have finished off a six pack of them with all their fullness and sweetness, but I wish I would have bought more than one so I could have tried.
04-25-2010 11:43:37 | More by matjack85
4.25/5 rDev +9%
Clear copper with moderate amounts of carbonation streaming through the body. Thin bubbly white head. Sporadic lace. Smells really nice. Doughy yeastiness. Bubblegum. Yellow cake batter malt base. Some raisin and fig notes. Solid flavor too. Doughiness and cakiness are much reduced on the buds, which is good. Raisin and fig notes are nice, as they should be in a dubbel. A little pepper spiciness. Sweetness lingers a bit. Medium body and moderately carbonated. Best of the Hook and Ladder beers I tried.
04-25-2010 04:09:26 | More by Bighuge
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
bottle from a mixed 12 pack bought at Grocery Outlet in Salem. Clear amber beer with a nice thick creme coloured head. Pleasing spicy,phenolic nose to this. Sweet honey. The taste is of a quite nice dark hefe..banana, bubble gum cloves dark fruits etc. Quite acceptable mouthfeel to it. Actualli in my mind a quite good dunkleweissen actually. Would be great in the late summer time.
03-26-2010 02:56:39 | More by Reidrover
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
A - Poured out a clear, fairly dark burgundy color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace.
S - It smelled fruity and of rich malts. A somewhat earthy aroma, too.
T - It tasted of dried fruits, some apple and pear with rich sweet malts. There was a spicy yeastiness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.
D - This is a pretty nice attempt at a dubbel. It might be the best of the four beers in their variety pack.
02-06-2010 20:15:11 | More by zeff80
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
A: Pours a golden color with slight amber hue. Nice head after the pour.
S: Smells of banana. Pleasant odors. Smells like a Belgian Dubbel should.
T: Nice belgian style taste. Phenols & esters present. Good, satisfying.
M: Very smooth & semi-light drinking beer. Refreshing.
D: Very drinkable beer. Could easily knock a few of these back in a night.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Other Hook&Ladder beers seem to be hit or miss, but this one hit the mark. Very nice!
01-04-2010 23:47:48 | More by jwhancher
Hook & Ladder Anniversary Ale from Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
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