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Northern Lights Ale | South Shore Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
southshorebrewery.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by tavernjef on 06-01-2003

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Reviews:
27
Ratings:
49
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
29.05%
 
 
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Photo of Skidz
4.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright crystal pale straw and sits a hazy light gold in the glass with a nice sized white head, fading to a light skim.

Smells nice and malty, plenty of sweets. Dashing of spice builds up around the nose; cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Almost pumpkin-pie like aroma. Sweet whipped topping glazes the surface....absoutely delicious.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, good malt character. Moves into a mild dosage of herbs and spices. Cinnamon, rosemary and sage all come to mind. Falls into a blend of malts and herbal hops and finshes lightly bitter with plenty of lingering spices.

Quite smooth and creamy in the mouth with soft and pleasing carbonation. Built on a medium-light body, this beer has a lot going for it.

One bottle is sucked down like a bag of candy...if it were liquid candy. Aroma is top notch and has a body that's tough to beat. I haven't had many good cream ales, but this one is a fine offering.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK, this is a weird one, had two 10 oz glasses of this cuz this first one was awesome, but for some reason the second glass fell short.

Light pale yellow with a thin white head, faded quickly and leaves minimum lace. Smell is faint of wheat, slightly fruity and fresh with a hint of cinnamon. Taste is light and a touch of cinnamon with wheat and malt flavors present. Feel is light bodied and a bit watery.

The first glass was much better with more prominant cinnamon and lavendar where as the second glass was much lighter all around. This disappointed me cuz the first intrigued me enough to track down Bo the brew master and ask whats in it. Apparently made with lavender flowers and the malted barley is soaked in whisky beforehand. Pretty cool. We tried to figure out why the taste changed and it even prompted him to check on the gages, pressure, and brew type things he was mentioning, but no reason came forth and stumped us both. Now its just a fading memory of a once interesting flavored beer. Majorly bummed, I was about to go growler crazy but the second glass clinched it as 'no thanks.'
I'm pretty sure, if going by the first glass, I would have rated the taste and smell as 4.5, but the second glass just left me wondering to much.

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Northern Lights Ale from South Shore Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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