Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
355 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 2013. This stuff only became available here within the last few months, as the local store seems to be putting in an effort to expand their core beer lineup. I figured I'd give it a try - after all, it's not every day that some American craft beer shows up on the shelves. Normally I have to drive all the way over the bridge to Port Huron for that.
Pours a lovely, translucent, pale orange-amber colour, topped with roughly one finger of off-white head. It lingers on the surface for 2-3 minutes before dissipating into a smooth, creamy cap, while smearing the sides of the glass with a fine coat of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and clean, with a backbone of grainy malts, biscuits and brown sugar, as well as some tangerine citrus and floral hoppiness. Also some faint notes of pine needles - pretty good so far.
Balanced, approachable flavour that doesn't go anywhere particularly out of the ordinary for an amber. Starts off with a biscuity malt sweetness backed by some caramel, which leads into the earthier hop notes. Not as much citrus as on the nose, but the lemon/orange character is noticeable amongst the earthy pine needle and floral qualities of the hops. Finishes with a pleasant bittersweetness that doesn't cling to the palate for long. Light-bodied, with appropriate (firm, but not distracting) carbonation for the style. Easy to toss back quickly, but tasty enough to be worth sipping.
Not exactly mindblowing, but this is still a well-crafted amber ideal for sessioning. Expertly balanced, with neither the caramel-sweet malty backbone nor the accompanying juicy, floral hop character overpowering the other.
Final Grade: 3.93, a solid B+ grade. Brooklyn Lager is one flagship that should be welcomed into Canadian ports with open arms. Few amber lagers that I have tried are of such high quality - and this stuff is noticeably heavier on the American-style hops than most of them, placing it in a comfortable middle ground between ambers and APAs. Well worth purchasing at least once, and something I will probably return to in the future.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2012 23:04:22 | More by thehyperduck
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