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Prime Ale | Fusion Brewing

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Prime AlePrime Ale

Brewed by:
Fusion Brewing

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Finite on 11-13-2010

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by Finite:
Photo of Finite
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red amber in colour with copper highlights. A medium ivory head.

Dark, caramel aroma, almost burnt sugar sweetness. Some basic maltiness is also present which gives off a cookie-like profile.

Nutty malt flavour, some bready malts and a mild bitter finish.

A pretty decent beer and probably their strongest.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to be done at some point. I've tried the others from this "brewery" and have been unimpressed. Let's see what the only "ale" in their range can deliver, and see if I can't use some more ironically placed quotation marks.

Pours a coppery-red hue, with a filmy, but pretty consisted head of fine off-white bubbles. Lacing is pretty thick and decent. Body has decent clarity. Overall, it's not a bad looking beer.

Nose is surprisingly sweet, with a cloying caramel character and esters of banana. A very slight copper character comes through, but it's certainly not enough to cut through. It only mingles enough to give a faintly dark, slightly salty Vegemite aroma felt around the back. Eh.

Taste is also quite flat, leaving a husky grain character on the front and a weirdly roasted, slightly salty character on the back palate. Sweet cereals become pronounced the more you drink, which makes it an effort to finish. Feel is very flat and still, with a thinness that does nothing to help the simpering flavours.

No, this really doesn't do it for me. To be fair, it's better than "Fusion Brewing"'s other, extremely lacklustre beers, but it does not do nearly enough for me to stop dismissing them as a poor marketing gimmick. Sure, I didn't drink this to accompany a slab of steak, but nor do I think my enjoyment of the steak would be improved by this beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.86/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Oh Dear, craft beer going the wrong way.

Pours a deep brightish red colour, with a two finger head. Fine bubbles. Looks good.

A mix-up of hop bitterness and malt sweetness gives way to an overly sweet-ish taste.

The sweetness and low carbonation is a no-no for mouthfeel really.

The blurb on the bottle bangs on about meat meat and nothing but meat. Shame, its a beer, not an animal.

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Prime Ale from Fusion Brewing
2.99 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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