Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.3/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A- Light orange with a thin head that dissipates quickly only leaving behind a slight amount of lace.
S- Very sweet up front with a hint of toffee. The spruce makes an appearance, but it's not overwhelming.
T- Very malt forward and grainy like a traditional ESB. There is a slight sweetness and caramel flavor in the middle of the profile. That then fades away into a slightly tart and dry bitter finish. The spruce is definitely present at the finish giving it the bitterness you don't normally find in an ESB.
M- Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. It starts out sweet then finishes tart and dry.
O- A unique seasonal twist on a traditional English beer. The first time I tried this beer I didn't care very much for it. I thought the spruce and bitterness were too overpowering for the style. A friend said it tasted like dish soap, which I agreed with at the time. However, after giving this beer another chance I actually came to appreciate it for what it is. The base of this beers is a traditional ESB, which you pick up at the beginning, but it fades away into a seasonal twist. It has a tart and dry bitter finish from the spruce. It's not overpowering, I think an ESB is a perfect showcase for spruce, if you added it to a pale all I think it would be dominated by the hops.
If you have the opportunity, give it a try. I wouldn't run out to the store specifically looking for it, but it's a nice seasonal beer with a unique twist.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2013 05:18:24 | More by y2jrock60
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