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Kichesippi 1855 - Kichesippi Beer Co.

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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kichesippi Beer Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: spinrsx on 06-06-2011

The beer is 5.2% alc. and offers the palate a balance of dark malt notes with a clean, short bitterness on the finish. The name, 1855, is our way of saluting the great city of Ottawa that has been so good to us.
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and limited lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with light sweet nutty notes as well. Taste is a mix between some nutty caramel notes with some semi-dry caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not overly complex and easily drinkable.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Clear copper colour with a small size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, hay/straw

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. There is also a fair amount of hops and a bit of a straw/hay taste. The beer finishes with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer and will be on the look out for it in bottles. The taste was well balanced and it would make a really good session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Darcy McGee's in Ottawa.

Pours a deep burnished copper, big off-white fluffy head. Sparse webs on the side, good retention. Looks good.

Smells like a good amber ale. Malty, with fragrant floral hops on the side. Touch of toffee, rosewater and coffee crisp. Pretty appealing.

Starts nicely. Brown light-roasted malts giving rich chocolate and roasty notes, before some hop oil bitterness comes in, slightly soapy but with grapefruit edge. Finishes with a slight yeast note, slo a touch of butter. Not bad, but some flaws in there for sure.

Decent body, but a little sharp midway.

Nice start to Ottawa beer for me. Big flavour, well-constructed.

Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Kichesippi 1855 doesn't look so old. In fact, it has a freshly-polished shine and lacquered mahogany wood colour. The complexion is something like (and just as fetching as) autumn foliage. Head exists like scattered clouds. This is a mighty good-looking beer to have as your flagship brand.

The nose boasts bravado notes of toasted hazelnut, pecan, and almond; few Brown Ales even can muster this kind of roasted nuttiness. I'm impressed. Seriously impressed. There's all the brown bread crusts and malty richness of Austria or Germany's best lagers plus a pinch of piny hops. And it avoids any superficial notions of caramel sweetness - just clean toasty grain all the way.

The only companion to all this nutty, rich maltiness is - just maybe - a hint of purple plum (though that may just be my imagination trying to compensate for my futile attempt at accurately portraying the beer's understated complexity). It's rich for an everyday Amber Ale.

I can, however, say for certain that there's just a smidgen of herbal, flower petal-like hoppiness that leaves super subtle notes of hibiscus and pine needle on the finish. It's hardly bitter (27 IBU), though it is unquestionably dry; sweetness here is like water drops in the dessert.

No wonder Kichesippi chose this as their first offering to sell commercially: they have a real winner here. (Literally, it won a gold medal at the World Beer Championship in 2012.) I'm not normally one to put much stock in awards but clearly those judges knew what they were talking about. This is a simple but solid amber ale; all the convincing I need to know this is a brewery worth supporting.

Photo of tbeckett
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Christmas present growler. Thanks Chris! Filled yesterday.

A - Pours a very deep copper colour. Bright. Mild carbonation. Two fingers of light beige head. Film of retention with good spatterings of lace.

S - Caramel, bread, mild hops, mild yeast.

T - Nice sweetness up front with caramel, bread, yeast, cola.

M - Nice carbonation, light to medium body with a sweetness in the finish.

O/D - Nothing overly complex or interesting. A drinkable brown ale, but not something I would seek out. There's an interestingly bland element lingering. The weakest offering I've tried from the local boys.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Foddz
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dull orange-amber, mostly clear although there does appear to be a very slight haziness to it. One finger of creamy looking head reduces quickly to just a ring around the edge, which leaves some moderate lacing if allowed to sit for a few minutes.

S: Sweet caramel malts and a fresh grassy/floral hops nose. There's some bread/biscuit notes in there as well. Nicely balanced and very appealing.

T: Predominately malty with some caramel notes. The complexity present in the nose doesn't come through in the taste. The fresher flavours of the hops present towards the back end, definitely nicely a nice fresh-cut grass and spring flower feel to it. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter with some lingering malt.

M: Light and effervescent. No noticeable dryness and very smooth.

O/D: Nothing overly assertive about this beer - with is a mark in its favour, ultimately. Well balanced and pleasant to drink - I suspect my freshly opened growler will be empty ere the night is through!

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Kichesippi 1855 from Kichesippi Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.