Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
22oz bomber with no best by date. Beer served in Tulip glass.
Appearance: Crystal clear copper color - well into the red/orange side of that color. Bubbles moving up slowly through the beer. Off-white 1/4" head initially that dies down to a ring around the edge and a thin film in the middle. Plenty of persistent lacing (sheets, strands) as I drank it down. A very good looking beer.
Smell: Grapefruit citrus mostly, with maybe something a little piney in the back. With a good swirl in the tulip I also get more pine and floral and less grapefruit.
Taste: Very much like a American double India pale ale (DIPA), except the grapefruit citrus is more blended with a rich malt that brings along some caramel and other sweetness to balance the citrusy hops. Alcohol is well hidden to non-existent in taste - a dangerous brew indeed. I think this beer could create the wicked rather than punish them.
Mouthfeel: Quite thick and smooth, but the hop oils stick a bit to the teeth. Carbonation is fleeting - it's on the tongue briefly and then gone.
Drinkability: If I had to make a recommendation, I think the hops need to be more German-like (crisper). I remember having this beer another time and it was more like a Helles Lager. This time it's more like a DIPA. So for the price I can't see myself getting it again, but I did enjoy it. Maybe with the right meal I'd enjoy it more. Plus I'm glad I split the beer - I can't see myself finishing a whole one by myself. Great looking beer though, so I'll give it that.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2011 23:34:04 | More by damndirtyape
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