Smokin' Hama Mama - Odd Side Ales
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3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
This beer was served from the tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, MI. It arrived in a generic tulip, showing an apricot honey coloring. It held a half finger tall head of creamy tight white bubbles, leaving sheets of lacing around the glass, and a solid film across its top. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave soured rye doughiness, baker’s yeast, floury pale malts, white vinegar acidity, light perfumy florals, toasty pale malts, mild diacetyls, and faint caramel sugar base to cut some of that wildly predominant doughy sourness. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed a big bitterness from the base malt and hop blend, and while it showed nice hot pepper flavoring, there was a lacking of spice or heat from it. The taste opened with white sugar, pilsner malts, adjuncty pales, simple honey sweetness, earthy hops, and light bitterness of citric rind. Moving to the peak was soured acidity, continued honey earthiness, pale and chalky malts, black pepper, habanero meatiness, and chipotle smokiness. The finish came with soured tin, sourdough breadiness, earthy and grassy hops, hot pepper oil, pale chalky wash, and faint smoked meatiness. The aftertaste breathed of yeast, vinegar, lactics, black pepper, faintly fusel booze, clovey phenols, salt, chalk, and metallic adjuncts. If you waited several minutes after the sip, soft heat of the chipotle finally came through. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium, but thinned a bit with warmth. Each sip gave decent slurp, sip, cream, and froth, with slight oiliness on the far back of the swallow. This, especially with time, felt like it was coating the esophagus, offering peppery, burning tingle from the larynx to the stomach. Otherwise the mouth was left puckered and chalky dry. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its interesting afterburn felt through the chest. While there was no real spice or heat to the tongue, other than mildly through the aftertaste, the burn finally reared its head as a warming, zesty chest burn, as if all the spice held within was coating your esophagus. This aside, the beer was not very concise. The nose was way too sour, with much of it taken up by sour pretzel dough, and a lack of any organic freshness of balancing bitterness of hops. The flavor was also lacking, with the same issues of never quite striking a proper blend or balance, and with little to keep you coming back for more.
04-21-2013 15:32:57 | More by TheBrewo
Smokin' Hama Mama from Odd Side Ales
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.