Willimantic Victorian Neighbor Ale | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2006

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Photo of woosterbill
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Clear deep amber body with a thin, fine off-white head. Ok.

S: Pleasant but boring, with nothing but caramel malt. It's a nice single note, but it's just a single note.

T: Follows the nose - candied, pure caramel malt. Really simple, really tasty - but a disappointing lack of complexity for an APA.

M: Medium body, creamy carbonation. Good.

O: I gave my other scores for this one without a style in mind, as the brewpub beer list was no more specific than "ale." If you called this an Amber, or even an ESB or EPA, I'd stick with my scores' average and give it a 3.5 overall. For an APA, though, the lack of hops is disturbing, and I'd give it more like a 2.0 or 2.5. I guess I'll split the difference and call it average.


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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is golden with a tiny head and no lacing, low carbonation.

The aroma is grainy and bready with mild yeast character and minimal malt.

Thin, too thin, watery, boring, grainy acidic finish, too dry on the back. Not very good, I won't have it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a golden color with a small head that produces only sparse lacing The nose carries an average amount of grain with some heavy bready notes coming through. The flavor is all the same -- no real hop character, just grain and bread. Some light bitterness in the finish, which is also dry, but grain is really the dominant character here and it's not terribly pleasing.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend picked this up in a growler at the brewery this afternoon. Yay for friends who bring beer!

Thin eggshell head on top of a solid coppery brew. Smell is thick with complex sugars, almost cloying- toasty caramel, honey, some fruity aspects (strawberry?). A little sour/ bitter bite. Taste follows from the smell- some toasty malts, burnt caramel, sour cherries. Taste is thankfully not quite as sweet as it smells. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, but in a sugary kind of way rather than a malty kind of way. Carbonation is a bit on the light side, but that's likely been muted by the growler fill + 2hr car ride to NH. I wouldn't call it an APA... more like an amber ale or light brown ale.

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Willimantic Victorian Neighbor Ale from Willimantic Brewing Co.
3.19 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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