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Reviews by Mongrel:
3.49/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Not what I expected with this beer. I expected another twist on a hoppy IPA from Lagunitas, but what I got was a rich, warming beer bordering on a holiday ale.
Looks really nice in a pint glass - deep copper, amber with an inch and a half of frothy foam that leaves good lacing.
Not much to the nose - vanilla, sweet malts and a hint of cool hops.
Taste really took me by surprise. None of the hops I was expecting up front. Instead, you get sweet, creamy vanilla and some spice - cloves and nutmeg, perhaps. The sweet spiciness is in no way cloying though, like in some holiday-type ales. Caramelized malts form the backbone of this beer. A little booze still comes through, which I don't mind. You get some cool hops on the finish.
This beer's strong suits are appearance and mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, and leaves a little slickness on the palate for a moderately long finish.
Don't know that I'd buy this one again in the middle of the summer, but I imagine it would be a refreshing daily drinker for the cooler months.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2013 17:14:50 | More by Mongrel
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3.56/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a transparent copper color with a substantial head of sudsy, khaki foam. Aroma is pleasantly light and fruity, consisting of lemon grass, banana, clove, and grassy hops.
The taste features a light caramel malt up front along with a healthy kick of grassy hops that make way for an equally potent kick of peppery/herbal hops. A grain husk musk shores up the back end. The peppery hops are the clear focal point here, as they practically sizzle on the back of the tongue whilst the other flavors recede. It's an interesting sensation, albeit a little heavy-handed. The mouthfeel is a little thin, perhaps passably semi-creamy, propped up by some perky carbonation.
Overall, this is an interesting and flavorful brew. The closest analogue I can muster is Domaine Dupage, although the flavors here are more coarse and strident. It's not something I would seek out to enjoy, but it's worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 01:43:24 | More by MaximalC
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