Lavender Fizz
Breakside Brewery

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3.81 | pDev: 17.59%
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
Notes: Sparkling Ale In Gin Barrels With Lavender: This new barrel-aged release is inspired by the classic fizz cocktail. Originally made with gin, lemon, sugar, and soda water, these drinks are refreshing, highly carbonated, and incredibly thirst slaking. The base beer for Lavender Fizz is a hybrid English summer ale/American pale ale, with a healthy dose of Citra and Cascade hops. This beer was aged for 6 months in a set of second-use Old Tom Gin barrels, and then the beer was conditioned on two types of culinary lavender. You'll get notes of citrus zest, juniper, and, of course, the delicate influence of lavender across the palate. We encourage you to experiment with this beer as a cocktail. Serve it in a tall glass over ice with a lemon twist or enjoy it as is-- either way, we hope you enjoy this summery and quenching barrel-aged experiment.
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4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

breakside makes so many awesome beers, and this is another innovative and well executed offering. a bright bubbly lavender beer aged in gin barrels, its really different and good, i could drink a fair bit of this. both the gin and the lavender are evident in the nose, juniper and even like a quinine thing, with some herbaceous tea and the obvious lavender, subtle orange and lime to this as well, and just a bit of a honey malt thing going on behind the scenes, not a ton of oak, yeast character, or alcohol to contend with, this is oddly easy drinking for being barrel aged, and the base beer seems minimal enough to let all of the nuances of the gin come out. very botanical forward in the flavor, for me the lavender ahead of the gin, but i am sensitive to that, lots of citrus, chamomile notes, eucalyptus, thyme, its very interesting and dynamic, and juniper and pine are there of course as well. some oak tannins to it almost make it seem a little sharp, but the wood is soft here. very fresh with the floral lavender, curiously hoppy and bitter too it seems, but clean with the gin, no alcohol at all here, and enough malt to keep it tasting and drinking like beer, complex and weird and delicate as this is. i loved it, one of the more interesting beers i have had so far in 2020, and cool to find it on tap in a small town in idaho. i cant get enough from these guys, i like everything they do!

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Lavender Fizz from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 5 ratings