Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by neobassman:
4.05/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
This 12 ouncer came as part of a sampler pack. I was skeptical about the four-grain description (what is it trying to be?), but I was pleasantly surprised. First, this is a grainy, malty brew to be sure. It is classified as an American pale ale, but to me it seems much more in the vein of British brews that are malty, even sweet, with relatively little hops character. The taste was initially wonderfully complex, with the oats adding a roundness and the rye, well, doing its rye thing. Kind of like honey on rye bread. With all that complexity, however, the taste does not finish strong and full which is why I did not rate it higher. Maybe more hops presence would help? Worth a try, and a very drinkable session beer I feel.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2009 00:54:22 | More by neobassman
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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
81 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.