Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.23/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle with a best by date of 11/29/2013. Pulled out of the beer fridge at 55F and poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/5/2013. I will note that I've had this several times previously, as I've been offered bottles when visiting friends and co-workers, but this is the first time I have a bottle to sit down and to review.
Absolutely stunning beer. Pours a clear but rather dark amber colour. It's rather reddish, but also has some orange hues. It really brings out that Founders' logo on the glass so well. It comes with a nice fluffy 1cm white head that drops into a thick collar that leaves lacing all over the glass. I can't recall any red ale that looks as good as this one.
Lots of clean malts in the nose. Toffee, some caramel, a lot of bread. And finishes with a nice clean floral hop scent.. I suppose I could call it earthy, but I'm going to go more with floral and a bit of oranges. Not an overpowering nose by any means, but a very pleasing one.
I really like how clean the flavour components are. In the beginning, there is a nice citrus presence which is more oranges and tangerines rather than grapefruit or passion fruit like Citra hops would have. It's a more subdued citrus flavour, but no less hoppy. Then there's that nice clean bready malt flavour and that ubiquitous GLBC yeast spice in the middle of the palate.. not for long though. End-palate comes with a nice, semi-earthy but very floral hoppiness that switches to a nice earthy bitter finish. It's a clean tasting beer that doesn't make me work too hard to suss out what's what, and that helps me enjoy this beer a lot while reviewing it.
The feel on this is medium bodied, not full nor thin for the style. Its got the right amount of carbonation and certainly feels refreshing on the palate, not drying at all. That earthy bitter aftertaste lingers quite a while, which somehow doesn't stop me from quaffing more of this brew. Its funny how quickly this one disappears after being poured into my glass.
Clean tasting, semi-complex and refreshing brew. You know what, screw pumpkin beers.. This is probably going to be one of the beers I look forward to every fall. It's very enjoyable in that its not difficult to appreciate the nuances of this beer. Trade-off of course is that its not über complex, but you know what, fuck it. I want to enjoy my damn beer, and this one makes it very easy to enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2013 05:49:34 | More by Stevedore
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