Umami Shitake Ale | Bridge Road Brewers

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Bridge Road Brewers

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by admiral on 12-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by admiral:
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3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't like Mushrooms but this beer, brewed with 10kg of dried Shitake Mushrooms, works a treat.

creamy, easy drinking, golden ale with a nice mushroom flavour coming through with slight honey, nice malt and slight citrus/belgian ale flavours also coming through on the palate

I'm glad i got the opportunity to have this beer on tap as I may never get the chance to have another mushroom beer again!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale amber with a large head.
Nose shows soft light malt, a little fruit and a faint mushroom broth note.
Earthy flavours. Again there's a little fruit and a very soft mushroom note. Finishes with a mild bitterness.
Too much carbonation, body feels a little watery.
Interesting stuff, but something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried on tap at the Local Taphouse's "Brewers & Chewers" night. The brewer was sitting right next to me while I tried it.

Pours a pale gold, cloudy, shiny. Head is white, decent. Nice lace stuck on there. Looks good.

Smells earthy, yeah quite savoury. Slight bitterness but no real beery characters. Subtle, but decent foody aroma.

Taste is similarly savoury. Note of earth, maybe a touch of saltiness. Bit of spice. Some hops midway and also decent yeasty character that dries up but complements the earthy notes. Maybe a bit too much yeast, but it has nice flavours and does a commendable job of mimicking food.

A bit dry, bit of fizz. Maybe more body would be nice, but OK.

Nice foody beer, not really my thing but pleasant and well crafted.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A collaboration between Bridge Road and The Provanance restaurant, part of a series of "Beer Mimics Food" beers launched at Sydney Craft Beer Week at the Welcome Hotel, which is where I tried it on-tap. This was brewed with a metric lots-tonne of Shiitake mushrooms.

Pours a very pale yellow colour with some hazing in the body. Body is fairly light. Head is firm and frothy and forms a pure-white crest that leaves little streaks down the glass. Fine carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is mild and slightly earthy. There's certainly a savoury aroma to it: not quite umami, but most definitely an addition from the mushrooms. Hint of orange peel as well. The main issue is that it's all terrible subtle. You could almost write it off as having almost no aroma, but there's things there when you search for them.

Light clean entry on the palate from a very neutral malt basis, followed by a minerally character through the centre leaving a little salt and earthiness. Some phenolic bite appears on the back, giving a spice and slight astringency.

Feel is very light, but appropriate enough in its way.

Overall, this is okay stuff. It's drinkable, and it has novelty value when you know what's in it. It didn't really strike me as a great beer in general, but there were certainly things to like about it.

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Umami Shitake Ale from Bridge Road Brewers
3.56 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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