Thanksgiving Beer Profile #2 SweetWater Festive Ale

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Word of advice: wax seal is fine, but make damn sure the consumer can get to the bloody cap, OK?

Sweet malt sense to the mouthfeel with darker malts that provide a nice medium body: probably caramel with brown malt-like sense.

The aroma is a hint of Allspice, cinnamon. Sweet nose: tad sugary malt sense. Appearance Stout black with some highlights on the edge of the glass and rock head that holds. Brown malt like complexity that has a sweet sense with a hint of spice. That’s the best aspect of this beer.

This is everything is should be, just needs more of what it should be. Be more aggressive! Honestly? Boring, otherwise. As a real kick your tail hefty malt, spice laden, abv push, brooding dark, complex, malt wonder, it would be sought out by beer geeks everywhere.

“Strong Ale?” Not really, SweetWater. More of a Brown Ale. Not bad for that.

You wimped out, SweetWater.

Thanksgiving Beer Profile #1: Bridgeport Hop Harvest

Staying home for the day, Ken Carman agreed to do two beer profiles while waiting for the turkey’s goose to be cooked

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Tons of rocky head that settles into a pillow, this beer is light on the srm scale: probably close to a 2. Clarity is excellent. The distinct lager yeast: ala’ hint of sulfur, is dominant with hop background, grassy. Somewhat of a DMS nose.

The bitter is somewhat harsh, but that may be exacerbated by the slight sulfur lager taste.

Mouthfeel light malt, at best, probably pilsner. Slight harshness. A bit slick.

I am guessing this is not Cascade-ish like hops, and the hops, fresh, are not all that pleasant. This goes to drinkability. A compliment: the 8 plus abv is not all that noticeable, but why would I want to drink this? It’s close to an attempt at a kick your ass lawnmower beer that will give your taste buds a chop with the blades, and not in an all that nice way.