Little Village MFA | Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks

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Little Village MFALittle Village MFA

Brewed by:
Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ffejherb on 05-14-2011

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Darkmagus82:
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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a darker reddish color nearly boarding on brown. The head upon serving is quite thin and fades to leaves a very thin persistent film on the brew with a light amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell – Malty caramel sweetness is the most potent in the nose. There is a little bit of roastiness in the aroma as well mixed with a decent aroma of some nice hop smells. The hop aromas are mostly lemony citrus in nature with bits of pine and floral aromas mixed in.

Taste – The taste matches the nose quite nicely. A somewhat sweet caramel flavor upfront giving way a bit to some more roasted malty flavors (although the roast is light in comparison to the sweeter). Toward the middle of the taste the hops really come to fruition. The pine and lemon hops provide a nice balance to some of the caramel malt; which in the end leave a nice aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel –The body is somewhat chewy with a lighter level of carbonation. These attributes of the mouthfeel make the beer coat and sit on the tongue creating a very drinkable and soothing brew.

Overall – A nice beer with some good balance from its malty body/flavor mixed with a bit of spiciness of hop. Very drinkable and one to try if you get a chance.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeast, Warming, Biscuity, Orchard

We don’t need another beer with endless buckets of hops dominating the palate. This malt bomb really knows how to throw down; an underlying sweetness is there, but a thick, toasted graininess of biscuits, dried grass, bread crust, and faint husk are present, too. Yeasty with overripe apples and warming alcohol. Without a doubt, this one has personality even if the yeast character is a little over the top.

STYLE: American Strong Ale | ABV: 7.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #99 (APR 2015)

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Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks "Little Village mfa"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$6.36 @ Pletcher's Beer Distributor, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Having had a decent beer from Elk Creek last week I'm looking forward to this one but I have no idea what it is. "mfa"... is that a beer style? Or is that the guy on the label? Great artwork, BTW, I wish they'd made it bigger. It should be the size of the whole label. Guy with a harmonica. Looks like it could be Sonny Boy Williamson, but I don't know. Could maybe be a young Little Walter. I can't think of any harmonica players with the initials MFA. Maybe it's just a local guy. Anyway, a rough pour brought up a finger thick head of pillowy tan over a hazy crimson-ruby body. The nose is quite caramelish and lightly citrusy. The flavor follows. Wow, not bad. It's richly malty but not too caramelish or sweet. It's toffee-like, somewhat like almost-burnt sugar, and there's some citrusy (orange) and apple and berry-like fruitiness to it. Some spicy notes of pine help to round it out, and a firm bitterness balances it. It finishes dry and spicy with soft pine lingering amidst some light, residual, darkly caramelish malt. Ahh, there's some citrus there as well, orange and grapefruit. Pretty nice. What's the alcohol content? 7.5%... it's not on the label. It doesn't particularly show but there's a presence to it - you know you're drinking a stronger beer. Yeah, I like this. I'm not sure why. There's just something real about it. It doesn't seem to be unfiltered but it might be. Very nicely done. Full flavored but smooth and polished. Quite tasty, and satisfying, but also very drinkable. Medium-bodied and gently tingling then smooth across the palate. One drawback, the head retention and lacing could be better, well, really should be. Still, well worth it. Grab it if you can find it.

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Photo of KLRSKIR
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. A well-hopped brown ale.

A: The ale is dark, watered down chocolate syrup in a dark brown-nearly black look. An off-white head sits handsomely atop the brew.

S: Toffee and caramel, the malty side of the nose stands out from the first sniff. That rich maltiness initially covers up the citrusy hops that come through later. As the ale warms, those hops become more apparent. Be forewarned though, this is no hopbomb.

T: The rich maltiness continues here, toffee driving a significant portion of the flavor. Caramel adds a sweetness in a supporting role. As the ale warms, the C hops come through with a citrusy pop. While they stand out, the maltiness is the true star of the show. The sweetness of the toffee is a pleasant lasting finish.

M: The mouthfeel is full and malty, the caramel and toffee both working hard. I was surprised that the hops weren't that powerful. They come through eventually but the toffee rocks.

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Photo of Yellolab2010
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tviz33
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jculler82
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of doppelmeup
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a nice golden appearance and creamy lacing. The aroma was quite IPA-like, with plenty of orange and grapefruit and other citrus. But the taste did not match up with the those aromas - instead more of a malty biscuit-like flavor followed by a bitter, hoppy aftertaste. My palate was definitely confused, and I couldn't rectify the battle between what my nose said was coming and what my tongue said arrived.

Overall, I didn't care for this beer as it seemed to be confused about what it was.

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Photo of DrKennethNoisewater
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ajm5108
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper with great clarity & carbonation. Barm is half an inch and retains well. Aroma is bold & robust - lots of fruity phenol & hop resin, with that combo produces notes of dry pear, tannin, forest floor, pine, grapefruit, apricot & champagne yeast. Really nice stuff. Flavor isn't nearly as diverse, but holds up its end of the bargain well enough. Starts with a standard caramel malt note before segueing into a drier German malt mid-palate (Czech pilsener, wheat stalk) with some nutty characteristics. the hops come way in the back palate, adding a piney punch at the end. Lost a lot of the fruity phenol notes from the nose, but still a solid beer. Medium mouthfeel, finishes pretty dry with a yeast padding.

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Photo of LexShaw89
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mscott1975
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deg
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a small white head.

Smell is malt forward with mild sweetness, caramel, very light pine/floral hops.

Taste balances malt and hops upon 7.5ABV. Sweet and bready upfront where malt dominates, light herbal hop quality and mild bitterness.

Mild carbonation, pretty light actually. Refreshing.

Not my favorite from Elk Creek but pretty good!

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Photo of djrn2
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoppyhelena
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of John00lee
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Elk Creek on 5/14/11. MFA stands for "Multi-Faceted Ale". Beer menu indicates the ale is brewed with Chinook and Cascade hops.

A - Rusty auburn brown liquid with deep violet and burgundy hues and a frothy one-finger beige head that reduced to a patchy film and left dots and strings of thin lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet and sappy aroma with an abundance of pine notes, sweet biscuity malt and a hint of citrus fruit. Sweet caramel and toffee notes are also apparent. A more pronounced citrus oil and rind character emerged as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - The ale is hoppy at its core, imparting a piney character balanced by rich toffee malts as well as sweet caramel, toasted grains and slightly burnt biscuit bottoms. A hint of citrus rind and leafy herbs add a bit more wallop in the hop department, which helps to deliver a bold bitter finish with a hint of honey sweetness to balance.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly thick, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is kind of sticky overall. Finish is pretty dry with a substantial hop bite and hint of alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Drinks like a big Imperial Red or Amber ale with a hefty malt presence coupled with a moderate hop character. Definitely a multi-faceted ale. I likie!

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Little Village MFA from Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 24 ratings