Country Girl Kabocha Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
633ml bomber. Generic front Baird label, with nothing but a plain text beer name on the back.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of thick, foamy, creamy pale beige head, which leaves a few aspiring streaks of lace around the surface as it slowly sinks away. It smells of soft bready malt, a bit of toffee, some earthy root vegetable, more squash than pumpkin, to split a hair or two, and some winter pie spiciness. The taste is caramel malt, tinged by some yeasty bread dough, some mild sweet root vegetable that is, and isn't pumpkin, mixed with the expected warming spices. The carbonation is there, but on the soft side, the body medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes on a stronger drying note, a bit of booze added to the withered cellar veggie essence.
A nicely sedate vegetable beer, albeit with the caramel malt predominating. This may be mostly due to the underwhelming nature of the Kabocha, which is indeed more like squash than pumpkin, but there ain't no Squash Ale category, so here we stand, again in a strange, East-meets-West world. Easy enough to drink, when you don't think too deeply about it.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2011 03:58:56 | More by biboergosum
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 633 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed deep amber hue, tall creamy beige head that slowly settles to a thick cap.
Mildly sweet bready and caramel malt on the nose, accompanied with an equally sweet squash-like character, similar to butternut, but of course must be the kabocha. Mild earthy spices in the background.
After the first sip my conclusion is that if this is the new face for vegetable beers then sign me up. Sweet bready malt up front, almost cake-like in character, sweet veggie-like squash in the middle, with some mild bitterness and astringency on the finish, either from the squash or an addition of hops. Spicy, earthy bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is on the full side, creamy thick texture with moderate carbonation.
This was hyped to me as a Japanese style pumpkin ale, and although quite different from it's Western counterpart (no less using the Japanese squash equivalent to pumpkin from what I'm told) this one's a winner. Simply it's just a well put together beer, and one worth checking out if you ever cross its path on the shelves. I'm thinking of making my own squash homebrew now, this has inspired me.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2011 23:40:50 | More by IronDjinn
Country Girl Kabocha Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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