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Free State Little Backus Small Beer

Free State Little Backus Small Beer
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
This ale is a sign of good things to come, namely, Old Backus Barley wine. Small Beers are produced from the “second runnings” of an unusually large mash, Old Backus in this case. “Runnings” refer to the sugary liquid created in the mash and transferred, or run, to the kettle in the production of wort. There’s usually a great deal of sugar left in the mash from the production of big beers like barley wine. To create the Small Beer, we rinse the remaining sugars and boil the resultant wort with generous additions of Cascade and Simcoe hops late in the boil. This beer may be small in stature, but it is full of character. A surprising malt background compliments the floral and citrus hop characters in this light bodied beer. Served cask conditioned.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Offered to me by the Manager in Charge, after seeming write down some Free State Ratings.
Tap @ Free State. The Small Beer version (second runnings of the mash) of the house BarleyWine, Old Backus. Light amber color. Nice lace. Awesome hop aroma, lots of citrus. Pale, musty malt. Bold hop finish. Its like the worst pale ale you’ve ever had. But better because it is a Small Beer. Mild to Bitter. Finishes perfect. The ultimate Session Beer. Enjoyed with beastiefan2k.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Tap @ FS. Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate creamy off-white head that laces nicely. Aroma is citrus peel, pine, grass and some under-ripe dark fruit. Flavor has a nice lasting sweet-bitter thing going on, with more citrus, grass, light pine and some bready and fruity malt. Tasty and highly drinkable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Cask - 10 oz pour in a small thinned tulip glass at the brewpub. Pour is slight haze ruby copper with a smallish 1/2 inch off white - tan head. Nice delicate splotchy lacing. Aroma of resin citrus hops, mineral earthiness and some straw and caramel malt. Pretty mild nose, but clean and fresh. Taste is really fresh floral resin hop, with a nice mineral grass malt with some fruit sweetness behind that. Really great integration and balance. Palate is medium to full mouthfeel, and really not a bit watery despite the low abv. Lowish cask carbonation and a great lingering resin earthy finish. Crazy drinkable. I would drink this a lot if it was continuously available - it was cool how different a beast this was from the Old Backus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3548) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2009
At the brewpub cask served in a small thinned tulip glass. Big bubbly cask head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing as it fades. Color is orange/amber, its dark and hazy but not murky. Enough hazy to it to only allow medium clarity. Aroma is thick, malty, English biscuit. It is thick but not "big" and a rich aroma. Flavor is has a bit more English yeast fruitiness coming off. Overall becomes a fruity biscuit. Plenty of flavor yet light and quenchable. Sweet tea aftertaste. Has a nice full mouthfeel as well on top of the reduced carbonation cask feel.

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