Profiled by Maria Devan
Copper and reddish. Clear and burly in the glass. Bubbles rise but not furtively, they waft.
The nose is biscuit.
In this style, the red ale, we see a low presence from hops traditionally and what you would call biscuit and caramel. The caramel in this one is firm and brief. Nutty and the hop is herbal and speaks to you from the wings.
There can be diacteyl in this beer and if so only to smooth. Herbal hop steals the show in the finish as this creamy body takes towards IPA strength all with malt flavors. Nuttiness, roundness, biscuit and a brief but firm caramel. Then in the finish hop herbal and a touch of bitterness to make it a pint. That finish from hop on all that malt. Gimme one more. Lingers without any fruit and a dry biscuit malt.
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.”
Maria Devan. Not all three. Just the one in the middle.