Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For HopeReunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by teromous on 09-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
16
For Trade:
1
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not totally sure how much batch variance there is on these from year to year, this is only the second one i have had, and its essentially ancient now, although it obviously holds up pretty well, but perhaps with some of the additives doing better than others over time. its medium brown in color with a decent head to it, looks lighter than i remember, and has a really enticing nose of dry bakers cocoa powder and slightly sweet baking spices, not overdone at all. cocoa leads the way on the flavor, the ingredient i think thats benefited the most over time, with the cinnamon faded slightly among the oxidized grain, but its good. vanilla is hardly here at all, but neither is the alcohol, i recall this having a little warmth in other batches, quite the opposite now, its almost thin and too easy drinking for what it is. im not sure the original complexity remains, but this presents itself now as a nice chocolatey brown ale thats well carbonated and just a bit different from what else is around out there in the style. for me, the shmaltz beers have been more misses than hits, but i like this one.

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Photo of sposter4
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopstout
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jhavey
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reckage
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Don't know how I came across this one at my local store last week but I'm glad I grabbed it. Very tasty, getting the cocoa and cinnamon, coffee and some vanilla. Smells very good, coffee, cocoa and cinnamon. Vanilla is faint but makes a presence. Don't know if the age mellowed the flavors but it all goes well. Good brew for a great cause.

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Photo of sneth019
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rlovitt
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briancregg101
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mush
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pencible
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black ruby with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like strong chili peppers and roasted coffee, with some cocoa powder and copper hops.
T: It tasted like roasted coffee and cocoa powder, with some chili pepper and copper hops and pumpernickel bread. It had a mostly clean spicy aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Fairly thin body.
D: This was an interesting beer, with bold scent and taste. Definitely not a typical brown ale, but not quite delicious either. The body was a little weak, and the finish wasn't entirely smooth either, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Nice to try once, but far from a great brew.

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Photo of shoretaxi
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of MrBeige
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of trippnwo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mbmiche
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MrDrMcNinjas
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MasterPenguins
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Reunion Ale '13 - A Beer For Hope from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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