7x7 | Fort Street Brewery

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Fort Street Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tectactoe on 08-27-2013

For Trade:
User Reviews
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 2
Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.25

On cask at Fort Street Brewery; this was their specialty seventh anniversary lager on cask, made with seven grains - barley, wheat, rye, oats, brown rice, corn, and sorghum - as well as seven hop varieties (unnamed). Let's give it a shot! Trudgy brown and copper, not letting too much light through, with no head to speak of... Only a dingy, beige film that skims the top of the brew.

The aroma isn't quite as powerful, pungent, or complex as the description may lead you to believe. Rather than being able to appreciate all of the grains, it comes off as kind of muddled and nebulous in the process. It smells grainy, but not much like any grain in particular. I think I can pull the sorghum out, though. Kind of minty? It's a little bready, too, and has an unfortunately sharp phenol character that only gets stronger with warmth.

Things take an unexpected turn with the first sip; apple skins, sharp, dark raisin fruits, toffee, and a touch of black licorice candy, something like Good 'n Plenty. Some breadiness on the palate as well, but I am once again struggling to pull out flavors of each of the grains used. Hops... where are they? A medicinal and phenolic/peppery flavor starts to crowd things, just like it did in the aroma, and gets stronger with warmth until the finish becomes nearly undrinkable.

Bleh, not much going on when the mouth feel is the best part of the beer (and it was nice - creamy and smooth, but then again, it was on cask). It had promise from the first sip, but things went awry pretty quickly. If it weren't for the meddling alcoholic and peppery character that literally takes everything over, it would've been okay. I'd like to try it on tap to see what difference the cask makes, but I'd be hesitant to get this one again.

 1,768 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of SpongeRuiner
2.75/5  rDev 0%

7x7 from Fort Street Brewery
2.67 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.