popery (1639) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dusky golden amber color. It’s fairly cloudy. The head is small and white and fades to a ring of bubbles after a couple minutes. The aroma is rich and fruity with malt flavors. There’s a big grape flavor on top of honey sweetness. Milder than expected caramel. Definite apple cider tone. A touch vegetal. They did a good job minimizing contributions from the yeast and hops. The taste starts off with some light sweetness before taking on a very German low abv beer flavor. Drier than expected. Some spice. Earthy finish with some more of that grape flavor. A little bit of cider. That grape flavor gives it a funny aftertaste. It’s almost boozy without any hop bitterness to clean things up. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is mildly prickly. Interesting beer. Not what I expected. This seems like a much more difficult experiment to pull off commercially than the single hop beers, and I think Cismontane did a fairly good job. The beer does a good job showing how much of the flavor of many German styles comes straight from the malt, and on top of that, they made a pretty tasty beer. I was expecting a bit of a chore after the first few sips, but I’m actually enjoying the beer. It’s simple as can be and cleanly shows off some tasty malt.
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bine & Vine. Pours hazy amber with a slight off-white head. Aroma is lightly treacle/bready with hints of noble hop. Med minus body. Fizzy/foamy carb. Flavor is moderate treacle, very light, with maybe a mix of grass and citrus. It has a certain zing to it. Finishing towards dry and bitter. Leaves off with a sort of "sour", but not exactly that, touch to the mouth. All in all quite different, but it does pretty much fit malty alt.