Back East Ale | Back East Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
backeastbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Flagship offering, Back East Ale is a medium-bodied amber ale. This amber-colored beer features a subtle fruity aroma with hints of vanilla and peach. It has a smooth malt character that is nicely balanced with just a slight hop bitterness and a clean, crisp finish. Once you taste this favorite, we're sure you'll be reaching for another "Back East"!

Added by Gambrinus1184 on 08-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, carbonated, amber-copper coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white surface coating. Aromas of rich, sweet caramel and nut, with a decent amount of roasty highlights. Some subtle hops presence at the tail end of the aromas, as well. Flavors are light on a smooth, light body. Roasty flavors initially, with a solid nut and caramel backbone. Malty and rich, with a touch of hops to clean everything off the palate. Mild bitter aftertaste that vanishes quickly for a clean, smooth finish. Very tasty brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy copper color. A moderate layer of soft foam sits top the beer. Lighter rings of lacing.

S-Mild yet pleasant. Malt stressed nose. Caramel and sweet, toast.

T-Again, it is soft and far from hoppy but it seems to work in a certain essence. Caramel and sweet toastiness. A light layer of bitterness on the back end without much hop-derived flavors.

M-It has some body to it. Even during a hot Summer night these went down quite willingly.

O/D-Simple, sweet and somewhat refreshing. Sometimes a mild and overall rather agreeable beer just hits the spot.

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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in the coolers at Southington Wine & Spirits in Southington, CT this new offering shows a musty copper-brown color with a muscular thick and creamy looking tan head. Plenty of lacing follows. The nose picks up a nice somewhat skunky yeast and malt medley. Leafy but an earthy malt can’t be denied. The flavor offers more skunky malt, cabbage and root beer stuff, woodsy and bits of brown bread. Definitely a little different and I’m liking it. It’s medium bodied with a fairly crispy yet sort of resinous feel. Carbonation is tiny but effective stuff. This can be summarized as a substantially flavored ale with skunky malt appeal for those with such tastes. I enthusiastically approve. For those who, like me, are already fans of the Connecticut favorite Ten Penny Ale from Olde Burnside Brewing, I think Back East might have just one upped them here. Similar but possibly better (both are always welcome in my house!).

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3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/8...12 oz can, pours out softer brown, light at bottom, high foam that settles to 1/4 inch. Caramel toffee nose but not pronounced. Taste is sweet, bready, nutty. Classic amber. Good carbonation. Subtle hop and well balanced brew that works well.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Back East Ale from Back East Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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