I don’t CARE if the can says “Americanized.” When the almost fresh hop sense covers the Russian Imperial sense to the point of not being able to be sure it’s RIP that’s problematic. In fact it’s annoying.
The nose is hops, the mouthfeel is hops, the body is high side medium and the carbonation light: though plenty of brown-ish pillow foam. There is an obvious sense of complex malts but so far back to the nose, the palate, the taste it’s tough to be sure.
Odd note: the can was so cheesy the whole top pulled off with great ease.
The hops are bitter and green grassy. Little to no flavor. So little hard to tell what kind.
My guess is the base is good. Just please, please, please, back the hell off from the hops.
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.”
The Topic: A Brief Mention of 2 Worthy VA Breweries
Ken Carman is a BJCP judge; homebrewer since 1979, club member at Escambia Bay, Salt City, Clarksville Carboys and Music City Homebrewers, who has been writing on beer-related topics and interviewing professional brewers all over the east coast, for over 15 years.
Written by Ken Carman
This is going to basically be a quick commentary and contrast between two Waynesboro and Charlottesville breweries. We had to go to a wedding and reviewing breweries wasn’t part of the agenda. But we can’t help ourselves.
The first one we kind of stumbled into: 7 Arrows in Waynesboro area. When we got off for our exit Millie saw the sign and, after reporting in to the motel, I promised to go back.
Out in the country, west of Waynesboro, we tried several brews, mostly via sample but also 3 pints between the two of us. The barleywine, to both of us, was way over hopped. We both understand guidelines have been adjusted to increase hopping on barleywines over the years, but we both agree if we wanted that many hops we’d do an IPA our a DIPA. The beer menu said it was Cascade hops, if I remember right, but most of what we got was bitter. In fact, considering the malt profile, maybe Imperial Black IPA might be more like what this was? OK, that doesn’t exist in the guidelines… yet. But it did seem more like a higher abv Black IPA than a barleywine. Continue reading “Brew Biz: Werts and All (Our VA Trip)”