Cone Smoker | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States

Style: Smoke Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by dherling:
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4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I met the brewer at a distilling conference in April 2005, then picked this up on a visit to Indiana in August that year. It's had about a year to mellow in my basement.

Pours out a dark orange brown, with an off white head that lingered nicely.The nose is wonderful, lots of fun things going on here. Hops and a salty smoke are fighting for my attention. Almost scotch like, because there's some sweetness and floral fun going on here too. The taste was even better, I don't know if aging it this long had an effect (other reviews I read said it was REALLY smoky) but I was happy with the balance between sweet, smokey, and bitter. The smoke does linger, and the carbonation wasn't as present as it may have been a year ago. Not a clean finishing beer, and I don't know any smoked beer you can have more than one of, but this one comes close. I just checked the Web site, and it doesn't look like they're making this anymore, or at least not right now. If it goes into production again, I'd love to grab some.

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Photo of Jon
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The closest thing I've tried to a smoked IPA, this brew poured a deep amber color with a sticky, durable off-white head that left rings of lace down the imperial pint glass. Nose was a unidimensional, upfront smokiness. Very reminiscent of smoked salmon with some floral hops lurking behind the smoke. Flavor was hugely smoky with a substantial, complementary bittering hop character which my palate found appealing. Full-bodied, smooth and drinkable, this is a choice, although somewhat different, Indiana brew. Certainly worth a try for rauchbier and IPA fans alike.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When this brew was poured, the head was small and tan with large bubbles and virtually no lacing. The body was brown in hue and it had a moderate malty aroma and also a smokey aroma. The flavor was bitter from start to finish in my opinion. The body was light and watery.

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Photo of Cresant
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this shaker pint at The Swan Dive. Dark copper body and an off white head that left light lacing in the glass.

Smell was lightly smokey. Mild.

Taste was freshly hoppy. Crisp and piney. Smokiness goes toe-to-toe with the bright hoppiness. Very unusual and interesting, but not one I would like to drink all night.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and adequately carbonated.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/ orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, pork like, and a smokey dryness. In the taste, smokey and small pork like. A small smoke bite with a medium mouthfeel, and a dry smokey/ charcoal like aftertaste. Big smoke and light body, dig it.

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Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Copper with a medium light tan head that reduced to a light cap that left nice lace.

S-Light smoke and sweet malt. The smoke is not overdone in the aroma.

T-WOW! Bamberg would be proud. Great hickory smoke flavour with a spicy backing bitterness. Dry finish.

M-Medium body with long lasting bitterness and a nice astringent bite.

D-Nice stuff. I am quite impressed with this one. Germany comes to Indiana! I admit though that I am a sucker for smoked beers and tend to rate them higher than most folk.

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Photo of HopsMatt
1/5  rDev -71.7%

Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub in New Albany, served cold in a tulip pint.

A - Moderately hazy, nice clarity at the edges w/ ruby shades at the base and dark amber overall w/ a very thin head from a generous pour. Tan on top in thin fashion the lace sticks like a sugar coating on the glass.

S - Very mild malty notes combine w/ a pleasant unintrusive smoke aroma w/ somewhat fruity ale scents. A nice mild but overall subtle malt and spice note.

M - Very general smoke note seems sufficent as an accent and the full carbonation adds to the dry effect. Subtle sweetness and dry malty texture w/ nice range of charcoal coating the mouth in the finish, yet still refreshing with the carbonation and the malt is not neglected.

T - Much like an amber w/ subtle smoked notes, somewhat fruity w/ a raisiny flavor w/ very decent sweetness yet restrained malt. The hops are spicy and the smoked wood is gentle and tasty.

D - Very flavorful ale w/ the smoke adding to the enjoyment. I wouldn't call this highly drinkable even though I appreciate the smoke character this beer imparts. Very nice ale overall.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TheDM
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a small head of fine to largely sized light brown bubbles and a semi-opaque dark brown body. It has a very nice strong smokey malt aroma and a slightly smokey bitter start that smoothens in its finish. A very nice flavor with the smoke well balanaced and not too over powering

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft sample at New Albanian.

Poured dark hazy brown color with average off-white fizzy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted and small smoke aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium smokeybittersweet flavor with a medium roasted smoke finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable brew and standout for smoked style.

Very interesting brew.

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Cone Smoker from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 12 ratings