Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Foxman:
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
It pours a clear and placid bug-in-resin amber, complete with dino-DNA, or not. A full finger of fluffy white head drops to frothy isles. Sheets of lacing bed the inside of the glass.
In the aroma, caramel malt is sweet and fruity, while the hops deliver dry citrus and an underlying broad bitterness. A light floral note softens a warm nip of alcohol.
Upon sipping, a syrupy malt sweetness kicks in candy sugar and earthy caramel. The hops take over with a progression of grapefruit, orange, and pine, all crisp and ensuingly dry and bitter. Alcohol runs through it, warm and strong. The grain replays with plenty of residual sugar as well as a baked dough crustiness in back. The finish is carried by a twist of sweetness and dry, lingering bitterness. It's a stylistic surprise in a good way.
Medium bodied, it sticks for licks and flows slow with a vapory kick and a crisp glow.
Whatever I was, or wasn't, expecting, what I got is a big, rich, sweet, and wonderfully hoppy blend of happy good stuff. The malt is more subtly edged than in most IPA's, but the hops would match well against most, leading to a curious and refreshing departure. The hefty ABV be damned, it drinks just fine. I think I'll take Krampus over St. Nick any day, thank you kindly.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2009 22:22:15 | More by Foxman
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3.56/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer pours a nice amber, practically orange, beautifully rich color with a head that is thick and settles slowly. The head is just a tiny bit off white in color hinting that the amber is transferred to the foam. The head settles extremely slowly and leaves a nice lacing down the glass.
The nose is dominated by the hops with a floral undertone. Nice but not great. Adequate at best.
The taste matches the description and name sake for this beer, Krampus. He very much sounds like a bitter character and this is a very bitter beer. I would say it more reminds me of an ESB on steroids.The hopping subdues the lagering making this more of a hop heads dream come true.
I think this beer would make an excellent lager if they backed the hops off about 15%. As for an Imperial it is quite good.
The moutfeel is just right for this style, if it were thinker the hops would most likely have an unpleasant finish, this instance of extreme hopping finishes surprisingly clean.
Overall I like this but it isn't my favorite. I can see myself drinking this again, however, I see my self changing the direction my hand goes if I were to reach for as there are others that are much better for the same price.
I recommend trying it as this is a great IPA/Lager. Just not my favorite.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 22:19:55 | More by AtrumAnimus
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.