The Movie Star | Brewers Union Local 180

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Brewers Union Local 180
Oregon, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedDiamond on 10-08-2008

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

True ginger ales make only the rarest of appearances in the Pac Northwest. A few brewpubs produce the non-alcoholic soft drink variety. But The Movie Star is a real ale - though at 3.1% ABV, just barely. Remember the theme song to Gilligan's Island? Well, there's your connection between "The Movie Star" and "ginger." The brewer at Brewers Union, Ted Sobel, tells me to expect an ale brewed with marrionberry next year to be named after MaryAnn. Can't wait.

The Movie Star boasts a compellingly strong ginger aroma courtesy of three kilograms of ginger root per batch. After a full hour's boil, the ginger is filtered out at hopback. Isinglass finings further contribute to an ale of remarkably clear auburn color. Supposedly the color matches that of Ginger's lustrous hair, though the use of dark crystal malts might have something to do with that.

The taste develops well-defined ginger character, but it could be more forward leaning. It hints a bit at Reed's (NA) ginger ale, but at considerably lower intensity. In fact, the ale has somewhat dilute contours and the recipe is based in part upon Middle Fork bitter. As with other house ales, The Movie Star is cask conditioned and served through a sparkler to impart a head of astonishing longevity.

Authentic and worth pursuing, though this early version is still shy on flavor.

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The Movie Star from Brewers Union Local 180
3.85 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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