Creekwater (Session Brown IPA)
Country Boy Brewing

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English Bitter
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3.68 | pDev: 6.52%
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 5
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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reacting to the tide of the season, Country Boy unrolls this highly drinkable and equally refreshing mild brown ale that's built for high rate of consumption to quench the thirst.

Light brown in color, the clear beer allows for dark golden and light amber highlights to flare. Capped with a light creamy off white head, the beer laces lightly and retains with a sheet of foam that skirts the glass.

Medium aromas take the shape of toast, bread crust, nuts, coffee grounds, faint chocolate, and moderate woods that temper the richer impressions of scent. Light on fruit notes, the beer carries a soft butterscotch note that provides more appetizing punch than it deters.

Coffee, pecan, and toast provide the highest impact on taste, but the flavors remain mild and not robust. Recessed notes of caramel, dry bread, chocolate, and grain inform the primary malt notes and only add subsidiary support. Light wood flavors start out as malt flavor, but soon separate and develop into a lightly resinous bitterness of pine needles and light citrus.

Expectedly light in body, the dry malt flavors shed early and favor a long and extended woody dryness that whiffs well before the minty and flinty alcohol finish. Aided by the resinous dryness from hops, the closure is quick and decisive.

Where the beer favors drinkability and effortless in consumption, this mild ale would fit right at home in any pub cask in England!

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4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brown with a compact, lingering off-white head.

S: Aromas of citrus, pine, roasted grain, caramel, and chocolate are immediately present on the nose. As the beer warms and settles in the glass, a delicate, buttery diacetyl scent emerges, mellowing the particularly intense chocolate and citrus aromas. As odd as this sounds, all of these elements actually gel quite nicely.

T: Notes of roasted grain, chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla bean, pine, juniper, bitter orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, grass, and herbs wash across the palate. Around mid-palate brown butter notes emerge to smooth everything out. The finish is mellow with malt notes taking over, presenting chocolate, brown butter, roasted grain, and coffee flavors nicely underscored by faint traces of herbal, citrusy hops.

M: Very light in body, firm, and dry. Carbonation is spritzy, imparting a fine mineral mouthfeel. Very sessionable.

O: A session ale with a little heft, Creekwater really hits the spot on a hot day. Though it may be an odd hybrid, it really is very good. Classifying this ale as an American IPA is truly a stretch, but with those hop aromas and flavors, calling it a brown ale or a dark mild is out of the question. In all honesty, the guys at Country Boy Brewing may have created a sort of Americanized version of a British pub bitter. Maybe they have invented a new style: American bitter. Who knows? All I know is this is one fun little session ale. Try it if you're into quirky ales that aren't afraid to go their own way.

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Creekwater (Session Brown IPA) from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 5 ratings