Cabin Fever - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.42/5 rDev -3.7%
BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass, with a classy label design and an iconic branded gold/green pry-off pressure cap.
Courtesy of the very generous Duff27.
Served at fridge temp into De Molen stemware and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, for which I have huge respect.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: Four fingers wide. Off-white colour. Fluffy. Nicely frothy. Soft-looking. Has a smooth even consistency and a soft shiny complexion. Retention is quite good - 9+ minutes.
BODY: Clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. Has gold hues. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.
Appears well-carbonated. Good-looking for a Maibock, but not unique or special. This is hard style to stick out in.
AROMA: Fresh evocative honey greets the drinker immediately. Clover honey, sure - but I'd never guess that if I tried the beer blind. Helles malts, honey malts, floral hop notes. Some nectary hops. Has a perfect honey sweetness. Honey dominates.
I'm really excited to try this; the honey aromatics are fantastic.
No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.
Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of average strength.
TASTE: Honey malts, (clover) honey, clove, helles malts, and mild hoppy notes of flowers and nectar. Balance is good, but not ideal. The honey dominates, but there isn't a whole lot else going on. That said, the honey is fresh and evocative.
Average flavour intensity, depth, and duration. Nice flavour amplitude. There's some limited subtlety here, but not as much as you'd expect given the brewery.
It's not a gestalt build, but it boasts notable cohesion. The honey helps bind all of the beer's constituent notes together.
No alcohol, yeast notes, or off-notes are detectable.
TEXTURE: Slighty sticky. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Slightly overcarbonated. Aptly thick. Has moderate weight and heft on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is good; this texture complements the taste well.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.
OVERALL: A drinkable enjoyable honey bock. It's nice for its style, but isn't world class overall. It hides its ABV well and goes down easy, but I wouldn't recommend friends go out of their way to track it down. Worth picking up if you come across it in a shop, but not on par with New Glarus' best offerings.
08-24-2014 01:40:28 | More by kojevergas
Cabin Fever from New Glarus Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.