Pours clear with a half glass of slight off-white foam. Receding gracefully, the top of the foam thickens, creating pock marks. Lacing was minor.
Aroma is malty. Caramel, toffee, and sweet with sweetness coming in last. Floral and spice hops notes seem to cover a very light fruit presence that seems to be fresh yet a touch of raisin or plum. A bit of work was needed to pull out these scents.
Taste is more bold than the aroma, lead by malt and finished by a citrus, spice, and floral bitterness that lingers. Caramel, roast, toffee, and toasted flavors emit from the aforementioned malt. Dark fruit comes in late but only briefly.
Medium body with moderate carbonation at best, the beer dries out the palate.
I have to be in the mood for a malt forward beer. I didn't know I was but that might be an endorsement for the beer. If you have the chance to have this beer, don't hesitate. Enjoy!
Ishmael is our richly-flavored American copper ale. This American interpretation of the altbiers of Düsseldorf is brewed with continental Munich malt, American-grown hops, and a clean-fermenting ale yeast to produce a slightly sweet and malty beer balanced by a firm bitterness.