Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by cthulu81:
3.13/5 rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Lancaster beers have sort of taken a back burner position in my usual rotation, so I thought it time to not only drink a few of 'em, but even take the time to rate one or two. Today's candidate is the Amish 4-Grain. Brewed with barley, oat, wheat and rye, I am hoping this is going to be an interesting little brewskie. Pours pretty dark, almost plopping it into an amber ale category for me. Deep honey hue with minimal head retention and lacing. Guess they didn't use too much wheat here. Sticking my nose in the glass I am not overly amused at the subtle, sweet, almost buttery aroma. Meh thus far. The taste is on par with the smell, malty, sweet nuttiness, once again a touch of butter (sorta like a Ritz was crumbled into the brew kettle actually). Decent body and there is a mild hop bitterness to keep this a rather drinkable, if all-round unexciting, APA. UnfortunatelyI was drinking Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale all last night and would prefer that over this any ol' day. Still, far from being a drain-pour.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2008 20:54:13 | More by cthulu81
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2.71/5 rDev -24.3%
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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