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Unchained #16: Herkulean Woods - Summit Brewing Company

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Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsUnchained #16: Herkulean Woods

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ryancl on 09-02-2014

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 20
Photo of jpwobbles
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lupercmda
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Azeotrope
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieTH
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color topped by a stiff foamy persistent cap. Looks good. Great lace. This smells like a rich lager beer. Grain, honey, biscuit, soft malt. The taste is intriguing. There's the hint of spruce right away. Then a berry-honey wash of sweetness. Now more biscuit and bread. A nice bitter hop here keeps it all clean and dry. Great flavor, nothing over the top. Smooth and well-crafted body. This is a tasty easy drinking beer.

Photo of PretzelCity
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hseldon15
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kkesty
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of JamesMN
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 3/4/15.

Appearance: Really nice honey brown color with great clarity. Poured a fluffy two finger off-white head that has subsided leaving a lot of thick lacing.

Aroma: Grain, caramel, straw.

Taste: Lots of earthy/spicy hop flavor with a bitterness that really sneaks up on you. I have a feeling the spruce tips are getting confused with the hops on my palate because the hop character is very pine tree-esque. The base malt flavor is basically dark caramel but is quite overshadowed by the hops. There is an odd balance to it due to a sweet flavor riding high above the hops, perhaps the maple syrup addition. I'm shocked to see this is 8.2% ABV! I thought for sure it was in the 5-6 range considering I've rarely seen a Summit beer over 7% ABV. Either way, well hidden alcohol and a nice job by brewer Christian Dixon.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body if not a bit higher. Somewhat aggressive carbonation that in part tricked me into thinking this was a lighter beer. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I had this fresh over a month ago and it was even tastier. Usually I wouldn't suggest springing for a sixer but with the high ABV and Summit's low prices (locally) it is a steal. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of Kark
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jwerner23
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GeezLynn
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mikerieder
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Hopsiam14
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of JVan
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Pug
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

From a bottle into an imperial pint glass
A: Crystal clear amber, nice head that subsides into a tight 1/2 finger crown
S: Faint doughy sweetness, and a little something more also sweet...hard to put my finger on it.
T: Different in a fairly good way. Sweetness (caramel and maybe some faint maple syrup), then earthy dirty hops, lager yeast, and something with a different kind of bitterness (the advertised spruce, perhaps) at the end.
M: pretty thick for a lager; medium carbonation.

Overall: Can't say I'll put this ahead of many other possibilities...but it is interesting, and I'll give some credit for that.

Photo of jimmah120
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Mitchster
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

URG. I hit the review button above, and not the one below so now my review is missing. As I recall, I bought two bottles of this for $1.89 at Siciliano's.
Brewed with Harrington, Lacey, Caramel malts, Maple syrup and spruce tips. Hopped with Herkules, Northern Brewer, Exp. 05256 [Description form Yakima Valley Hops: Black currant, dark fruit, strong herbal notes, pine tree, mint, pungent, light grapefruit rind, “Simcoe-like,” “Summit-like,” citrus, tangerine.] Kettle additions:
OG: 18º Plato, IBU: 65, ABV: 8.2%

Pours out to a clear medium amber forming a tall creamy whipped yellow head with beautiful retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, ~2.25 or so. The aroma is brisk with piney, resinous, grapefruity hops. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium dense body. The taste is a very well balanced concoction of chewy crystal and pale malts balanced with a large hop flavor and aroma. The maple and spruce tips are really non-existent, overshadowed by the hops. I've had fresh balsam beer and it's fantastic, and this doesn't compare. Bitterness is medium-firm. No perceptible off flavors or aromas.
L=4.0, A=4.25, T=4.25, MF=4.25, D=4.25

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cascading bubble show produces a magnificent head that sits on top of the copper colored liquid; very impressive lacing and retention

Smell: It's a bit early but this smells like the Christmas tree that will be in our living room in 30 days

Taste: As much as I enjoy the smell, I can't say I love the taste; starts with caramel and maple flavors that build their sweetness until the spruce tips take over, in the mid-palate; the clash between the bitterness from the spruce and the sweetness continues through the finish; there is a lot of alcohol in this, too, and the aftertaste is reminiscent of Gin

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A interesting experiment with the California Common style, but I find the beer quite unbalanced and difficult to enjoy

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of joshuatirado
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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Unchained #16: Herkulean Woods from Summit Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.