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ML209 | Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Phelps on 05-18-2011

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Rampage1:
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I got down finally to Four Peaks again last night to try the ML209 and glad I did. Brought my growler with me and when I found they wanted 15 for a growler fill I passed but then the guy said how about 10 and I was in. Worth 10 for a growler any day. On to the beer.

Appearance: Pours a nice,clear golden color with a white head that fades to almost nothing. Kept a little head the while drink though.

Smell: I got light fruity hops in the smell--mostly mango and a little orange. As it warmed up I got a little more fruity hops. Not malt in the smell at all.

Taste: At first when I tasted it I thought it was pretty mild and not alot going on. A little fruity from the hops,no real bitterness at all and very smooth on the finish-- slightly dry. As it warmed up this beer completely changed and became alot more fruity in its taste and really easy to drink. I was surprised how easy drinking this was for a 4.5 percent malt liquor. I actually enjoyed this more than the Bruery Cornballer. The easiest drinking malt liquor i have ever had. Will definitely get this one again.

Mouthfeel: Great amount of carbonation and perfect to keep it light and refreshing tasting. I can't believe how easy it went down.

Overall: Reflecting on this beer last night I can say that the more I think about it the better I believe it really was. Was a damn good malt liquor that was perfectly balanced and went down like a champ. Would love Four Peaks to make this more often or better yet release in cans seasonally. Please do it Four Peaks-- guaranteed to sell well. Glad I have a growler of it to drink again and try fresh out of the hole instead of one of my last beers of the night.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(On draught at Four Peaks Scottsdale). Pours clear pale golden with white head. Moderate carbonation. Served in a cold glass so the aromas a hard to get, but there are some florals, grass, and light biscuit. Taste is sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. I’m no afficionado of malt liquors, but this one tastes good and is refreshing. Lots of subtle fruits as this warms up. Light bodied with an oily texture. Pleasantly bitter finish and noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of Phelps
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap in a pilsner-style glass at the Four Peaks brewpub in Tempe. ML209 is this year’s summer seasonal, a malt liquor named after a rapid on the Colorado River that kicked the asses of several of the brewers and owners. It was brewed with flaked maize along with other adjuncts, run through a hopback packed with Hallertau and Liberty hops, then dry-hopped with Cascade and Saphir varietals.

Orange-washed oak in color with absolutely perfect clarity. A very thin, fuzzy white head becomes a good-sized, lingering ring.

Uncomplicated nose: some bright citrusy hops, subtle crisp graininess, a hint of booze.

Nice bite of hops in the flavor -- a floral and herbal mix met with a subtle, grainy malt character and impressive amount of booze. The hops impart hints of orange peel, mint and tequila, oddly. Fairly dry finish, probably due to the flaked maize the brewers added as an adjunct. Very smooth and flavorful for the style.

Medium, prickly carb in a body just under medium-light. Soft fizziness. More booze exists in the flavor than in the feel. Very smooth, clean finish.

It’s not an incredibly difficult category to top, but ML209 is far and away the best malt liquor I've ever had. Smooth and flavorful, with a sneaky amount of booze. Doing Edward 40 hands with this would be downright enjoyable.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tempe brewpub. The server mentioned a hopback, and the malt liquor designation piqued my curiosity.

Golden color, slight orange edging, and quite clear. Foam is thin, with small white bubbles clarifying around the top of the liquid. Little lacing; some spotty rings where I didn't sip for a while.

Nose is lead by grains, sweet but dry and husky like a pilsner; similarly there is a background note of peppery hops here. The hopping seems like it could be citric, but doesn't really come together in the nose. Alcohol heat blends with the hop peppers.

Definitely a hoppy take on whatever style it's going for. This is an APA-level hopping effort in a body that's headed for Euro strong lager. The classic 4P floral yeast notes do their thing, hops are floral and lightly citric and improve drinkability immensely.

This is super interesting, but I wouldn't have more than one. In fact, I didn't. At 8.2%, the abv shouldn't be a huge bother, but it is. Overly peppery, hops seem too bitter, and finishes dry.

Less corn please. Flesh out this body with honest-to-goodness barley malt (even rye would be damn good...) even if it means changing the stated style. Of course this microbrew kicks the ass of commercially available malt liquors, but this is a recipe with promise, one that could go nicely with a style that shoots a little higher. Bottom line, this isn't bad and I enjoyed my pint.

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Photo of ottovon
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours out a clear golden color with minimal white head.

S: crisp hop aroma. floral. there is some citrus, orange, light grain and straw. i get a touch alcohol as well.

T: it has a nice hop flavor at the front. i also get straw. it has a bit of sweetness, but ends a little bitter. it is a touch solventy, and you get alcohol as well. as it warms it gets a little more astringent.

M: thing and crisp, with a decent amount of carb.

O: not bad for a malt liquor. i dont think it is a great summer beer, due to the high alcohol though. i dont know if i would get this again, but glad i tried it.

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ML209 from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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