Pours a slightly cloudy brown with a hint if amber glow. The pour reveals a huge frothy creamy colored head that required me to wait a few minutes to finish the pour as the head wanted to overflow the glass. Lots of thick sticky web like lacing.
The aroma is an enjoyable blend of malts with a citrus and pine hop. The malts are nutty with caramel and coco and work nicely with the hops.
The taste follows the aroma with a nice malty base of nut, caramel, brown sugar, and coco with a big blast of citrus hops. The hops quickly change the fairly sweet flavors of the malts into a bold bitterness. The citrus hops are fairly complex with grapefruit, pine, a hint of orange and some earthy flavors near the finish. A combination of both sweetness and bitter linger on the palate in the after taste.
Medium body with medium carbonation. A smooth drinkable mouthfeel with a bit of a oiliness and a somewhat dry finish and a sweetness on the lips.
Overall, a very nice brown ale with a boat load of enjoyable hops. Well balance and very drinkable with a nice level of complexity! If you are a hop head, get this one fresh and enjoy the massive hop flavors in this beer. Try one!
Reviewed: Monday, April 16, 2012 at 00:31:48
Tasted: Monday, April 16, 2012
$3.59 for 12 oz. bottle
One fine body…
Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA
A throwback to the early days of craft brewing with some interesting twists along the way. It has that classic Brewers Gold/Cascade hop presence, with combinations of herbs, pine and citrus. The taste starts off with a higher balance of malt flavors, with biscuity, dry roasted and wheat-like characters combining nicely with the herbal hop component. Mid-palate is some more fruit, molasses and brown sugar, and the finish is a bitter, intensely grapefruity hop linger.