Hayride Autumn Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.
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2.25/5 rDev -38.7%
From: Extra from trade with jshusc
Date: Canned 2013-08-07
A definite miss as an interesting experiment, Hayride's Autumn Ale is a strongly floral and herbal beer that dilutes, somewhat, its malt and hop ingredients due to apparently an overaddition of spices and herbs when aging. While I appreciate the brewer's experimentation, this is not a beer I'd seek out or even want to try again as it is far too cloyingly herbal and floral.
Pours a >3cm tall head of off-white foam, made up of medium and large-sized bubbles, rather sponge-like in appearance with retention of slightly over one minute. Head falls to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a large island of thin foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, thick and complex webs cling to all sides of the glass. Body is a dark orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange-yellow hues. Carbnotion visible along the sides of the glass as the body is very hazy (70-80% opacity), carbonation moderate in number, but seemingly quite active.
Aroma features slight fruit, citrus, and malt sweetness, but most strongly emphasizes a floral, potpurri-like scent (including lots of lavender) with hints of yeast, ginger, and orange peel. Not disgusting, but unappealing as this becomes like inhaling too deeply from a dried flower/herb arrangement.
Flavor is a fairly strong, reminiscent of floral incense and potpurri with some pale and light caramel malt sweetness and lightly fruity, citrusy, and bitter hops. Front of palate tastes of potpurri and incense (references to ginger and orange peel, together with floral hops are probably most appropriate for ingredients). Mid-palate tastes continued potpurri and incense (still lavender, ginger, and orange peel), with light to light-moderate hop bitterness and an equally mild pale malt sweetness. Back of palate detects stronger, fruity hop flavors and bitterness, with a mildly sweet pale and light caramel malt background and just hints of ginger; I imagine the beer was intended to taste like this from the outset, but the herbal selections simply overwhelmed the other flavors. Aftertaste is of modest pale and light caramel malt sweetness, moderate hop bitterness, and light orange peel and peppercorns in the background.
Beer is medium to medium-light in body with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is strongly foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth (1/10). Seems a bit foamy for the beer and style, a bit more smoothness would benefit this ale. Closes dry, with light stickiness coating the palate.
01-20-2014 07:41:12 | More by falloutsnow
3.71/5 rDev +1.1%
Can > Pint Glass
A - Very cloudy dark amber with two fingers of off white head, little patches of lacing, lots of yeast floating around.
S - Pepper, rye, toasted caramel, light herbal scent, biscuits, a hint of smoke.
T - Lots of sweet malt mixed with that peppery rye spice.
M - Semi dry after it lays on your palate for a while, but still very chewy.
O - Its ok, not my favorite beer at all, could benefit from more balance.
12-14-2013 02:47:47 | More by Omnium
4.11/5 rDev +12%
12oz can @ Duckfat: This one pours a cloudy, amber color. There was a large frothy tan head on it. Almost no lacing. It has a nice nose. Spice, pine and rye notes. The taste is very good. Rye, spice, hint of pine. Perhaps a touch of orange and ginger. A touch bitter. Very Nice!
11-19-2013 18:24:51 | More by Boto
3.91/5 rDev +6.5%
Over all this is a very good beer although I felt the pine like flavor from the hops was a bit too forward and made this brew somewhat off balance. However, the underlying, deep flavors added a complex and likeable beer. The malt came through and added some sweetness. The finish was somewhat bitter (which I like) and left no lingering after taste. I would not make this my every day drink but I will be happy to have this in my refrigerator in the autumn.
10-28-2013 23:11:44 | More by Jvermont
Hayride Autumn Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.