TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler pour on tap at the brewery (Gary, IN). Pours a deeper amber copper pour, a gentle haziness in the body with deeper carmelized copper glow. Frothy whitish head sits atop as a filmy layer, sticks around well and laces well. Aromas are gentle bread, biscuity and a bit grainy with touches of fruit, subtle orange and earthy floral waft. Mellow toasty and biscuity feel. Initial is lighter in body, not light though, with some gentle carmelized and toasty malt, biscuity sweetness shows a touch with a bit of substance, mellow earth, cereal elements meet a bit more toast and biscuity sweetness. Touches of nut, a solid for the size bitter earthy slant, a bit floral and a touch of lemon as we move on. Touch of respite in the middle shows a bit of sweetness, biscuit and toast, earthy and carmelized feels are subtle, offering some impressive flavor and flow for a 3.5% ABV beer. The backend is a touch more dry and bitter, decent hop character. Touch of orange, florals and earth. Nice finish is dry and bitter, a touch of body. Really well constructed smaller beer with plenty of character. Gentle fruit, dryness, earth and gentle biscuity and carmelized malt feel. A gem of a Bitter here that goes the distance. Again.. I’m a sucker for this style and smalller beers as is. But this is very nice. Cheers, guys!
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Howler and served in my 18th St snifter: Pours a nice amber hue with a lasting frothy head and very good lace. This is a Mild Ale but not like your English Mild... Caramel and roast along with a light handed but still noticeable resiny American hop profile. Extremely crushable at 3.5% ABV, some lingering astringent finish. This is a hybrid between the classic mild and the very hop forward examples like Founders All Day IPA.