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Back East Ale - Back East Brewing Company

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Back East Ale
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Flagship offering, Back East Ale is a medium-bodied amber ale. This amber-colored beer features a subtle fruity aroma with hints of vanilla and peach. It has a smooth malt character that is nicely balanced with just a slight hop bitterness and a clean, crisp finish. Once you taste this favorite, we're sure you'll be reaching for another "Back East"!

(Beer added by: Gambrinus1184 on 08-01-2012)
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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy copper color. A moderate layer of soft foam sits top the beer. Lighter rings of lacing.

S-Mild yet pleasant. Malt stressed nose. Caramel and sweet, toast.

T-Again, it is soft and far from hoppy but it seems to work in a certain essence. Caramel and sweet toastiness. A light layer of bitterness on the back end without much hop-derived flavors.

M-It has some body to it. Even during a hot Summer night these went down quite willingly.

O/D-Simple, sweet and somewhat refreshing. Sometimes a mild and overall rather agreeable beer just hits the spot.

VelvetExtract, Jun 22, 2013
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Appeared a dark brown, see through color with a 1 finger light brown head.

Smells extremely malty right off the bat, slight dark fruit scent - raisins and figs are dominant.

Taste is extremely malty. A bit too much for my liking but not bad. Lots of dark fruit flavors. Would have liked a bit more balance with the hops.

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Poured from growler into oversize mug. Dark amber color. White head fades to 1/4 inch foam.

Smells of caramel, toffee, roasted malts, & a hint of raisin blended with rich grains.

Taste is malty and rich. Mouth filling, but not heavy. Clean. Some mild sweetness, and gentle hops to dry things out. Easy drinking, and I imagine this is great for all seasons, but especially Autumn.


I started the growler, then finished it the next day. It seemed mellower the next day, and was more enjoyable. I wonder what the ABV is? Can't be too strong though, because it doesn't kill me.

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Back East Ale from Back East Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.