John Henry West Indies Pale Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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Reviews by maximum12:
3.2/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
An affordable bottle of barrel-aged (OK, spiral-aged) beer in Minnesota? Say it ain't so. Sub-$5 price point reeled me in, & since the 3 Lick Spiker is pretty good, gonna give this one a shot too. 750 ML bottle split with my wife.
OK, first of all, the label says "pale" & this comes out a rusted pail red. WTF? A brewery should really warn a guy with a weak heart. Low carbonation. Smell is nice. Ton of maple syrup, bit of rum, then plenty of toffee. Interesting. Draws me in & makes me want to drink. Mission accomplished.
John Henry West Indies Pale Ale's identity confusion works its way from the name all the way into the taste. What is this? The pretty nose is lost in a strange web of tastes. What I get most in the mouth is scorched-earth sugar. Muddled in the middle is a bit of rum, reminder of alcohol, burnt toffee. Finish is burnt rum sweetness. Taste is indeed thin, neither the rum nor the base is sufficient to hold this one up. For what it's worth, it is easy to consume.
Well, this didn't quite work for me. Mediocre. Needs a bit more punch. The thinness of the brew works against it, & there's no cohesion to the flavor (lord, was that pretentious - I'm ashamed - but it's true).
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2013 02:56:20 | More by maximum12
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3.5/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: it ain't a pale ale, so that's misleading - rather a deep ruby brown with a quick couple of fingers of beige head that slimmed down to a filmy collar in rather short order
S: woodsy oak and hints of dark spice, weak vapors of rum...
T: there are some musty, dark malt flavors as well as some earthy and herbal hops; spices and oak notes mingle, and tastes of watery rum hovering throughout; some dark fruit, maybe dark cherry or figs, and molasses present themselves as it warms
M: thin and light-feeling, sparkle of carbonation and alcohol, vapor of rum and wood on the roof of the mouth
O: not what I expected, but not terrible either - it's lost between styles - not rich or lush enough to enjoy sipping, not brisk enough to drink like an IPA - reminded me of watery dark rum mixed with a weak brown ale - the kinda beer I'd wish I knew what I was getting before I bought it.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2013 16:10:38 | More by Greywulfken
John Henry West Indies Pale Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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