Profiled by Ken Carman
This is a fellow brewer from Nashville area, Steve Scoville. He just started a new brewery. From comments available on one site looks like he may have a partner in this new biz.
Unfortunately this was in a screw top growler for 5-6 days, so most of the carbonation dissipated. What head there was was pristine white with infinitesimally tiny bubbles. Golden with a slight haze chill but otherwise clarity is great. It shimmers like a polished gold nugget in bright in the sunlight.
Sweet with a slight Belgian candy sense followed by spices. Ginger dominates, but it’s not overbearing. The mouthfeel is dominated by the slightly cloying, sweet, candy-like sense. A bit rock candy-ish. The abv is in the background with just a hint of alcohol. To be honest it seems not much past 5 or 6%.
The malt is way in the background. To be honest I would prefer just a hint more.
His Facebook page lists it as, “Sichuan pepper, orange, clove, cinnamon and allspice.” Don’t get the pepper. The orange may be what hangs in the mouthfeel, though it’s less “orange” than rock candy. Don’t get cinnamon. To me it’s like a very slightly spicy gingersnap.
But it’s well worth the quaff. I give it a 4 because it delivers, despite description.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Ken Carman was born of a deity named Bill many moons ago when his wife Winnie was fermenting well at the time. He is a beer judge, beer writer and reviewer of brew-based business, beer commentator and BEER GOD. Do not challenge the one who ate too many hops one year, hence the green pigment you see to the left!