Brewed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Ann Arbor’s own WCBN, this English pale ale is brewed with American smoked malt and English hops which work in harmony to throw a unique twist on the classic style. Subtle, almost sweet, smokiness and sharp bitterness make this brew a beer drinker’s favorite while it still remains accessible to everyone aboard The Listenership.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
I wanted to try a couple of beers but Arbor was so busy that I wound up ordering only this pint. I’ll have to come back at a less hectic time - there were quite a few things that seemed tempting on the menu. However at the time a basic sessionable pale ale seemed to fit the bill.
Aroma / Appearance - Semi-transparent hazy copper liquid filled the glass along with a slight offwhite head. Ash, fresh cut lumber, and traces of spruce saplings give this a presence that is equally hoppy and malty.
Flavor / Palate - Lemons, orange residue, and ash contrast smoke with bright hops. Moist on the palate this attaches to every corner of the palate and perks up the senses. The finish is similar to licking a piece of freshly stained deck. Overall a well rounded session beer this is the type of go-to beer that sets those who care about their product from the places just in it for the money.
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