Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by RppIII:
District of Columbia
3.35/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Lancaster Amish Four Grain Pale Ale
Appearance: The beer pours dark amber; the head is white with hints of amber and swells to a finger width, which quickly subsides to a thin layer. Lacing is meager and does not please me, nor does it suit the beer's texture well.
Smell: A light hop aroma presents it's self first, giving way to the sweet toasted character of this beer.
Taste: A mildly week almost oily sweet flavour gives way to a bitter hopiness hints of vanilla, woody resin, and a spicy note finish this beer off.
Mouthful: The initial mouthful seemed to be a bit oily. The beer is crisp, has almost too much carbonation.
Drinkability: I think this beer has potential to be very drinkable, not for me, but it has a relatively good balance of flavours, it is crisp, and smooth. Overall this beer is bland, nothing too memorable about it, which I suppose is not a bad thing. For me this beer is too sweet, as I find several of Lancaster's to be.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2009 03:04:56 | More by RppIII
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2.71/5 rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
This is my second Lancaster Brewing beer I've had off the premises, and so far, I'm not a fan of their bottled product. The other was their Hop Hog IPA and between that one and this, I'm convinced that someone hid the hops over in Lancaster.
This pours an almost reddish amber with a substantial head that dissipates quickly. Both the aroma and the taste are far maltier than I'd expect in a pale ale, without so much as a hint of hop bitterness to cut through the sweetness. If this had been presented as a classic British ESB, I'd probably rate it much higher, but it's far too malt-forward to qualify as a Pale Ale in my book.
As for the rather unique 4-grain grain bill, it didn't seem to make much of an impact that I could detect. I generally expect rye to bring a bit of a rough edge, yet this was smooth as could be. And the wheat did nothing to crisp it up. I'd be really interested in knowing what the proportions of the various grains were.
Like I said, had I been in the mood for something sweeter, I might have enjoyed this much more than I did. But the utter absence of hop character made this a disappointment as a pale ale. I'm not surprised they decided to retire this one.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2013 20:06:29 | More by LCB_Hostage
Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
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