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Lightning Electrostatic Ale

Lightning Electrostatic Ale
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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This beer was an experiment at the Lightning Brewery in crafting a high gravity farmhouse-style ale. We do experiments on occasion, maybe not as often as we would like, but we do. What can we say, we like Science and the Scientific Method. That means that we do not just do something to be different. We have an idea about the kind of beer we are trying to craft, think about what we know that relates to the beer style we are crafting, and then make an educated deduction by the application of our knowledge of beer and beer crafting. Electrostatic Ale is the Lightning version of a high gravity or Imperial-style farmhouse ale. We used imported “Pilsnermalt” and malted wheat to make the wort and then added a modest amount of bittering hops to allow further malt perception. We finished the brewing with some spicy hops just to add a bit of hop aroma. Finally, we fermented with a particularly “wild” strain of yeast to add some additional spice to the finished beer. We named the beer according to our now standard method that uses words associated with weather phenomena or more specifically lightning. It is important to note that lightning is made up of electrical current or electrostatic charge that suddenly starts to move and forms a lightning bolt. We thought that what makes up lightning, electrostatic charge, was a good starting point for a beer name. Electrostatic Ale is a big beer within this particular style. It finished stronger in maltyness, slightly sour from the wheat, and lighter in hops than commonly made ales. We found this beer worked out better than our expectations. That is the serendipity of Science: Experiments can work. Electrostatic Ale finished at a remarkably high 10% ABV, but with a smoothness that well balances the malt, hop, and fermentation flavors. This is a big and truly Imperial beer. Try it; just make sure you watch out for sparks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (280) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Fruity, not as light bodied as expected. It hides its alcohol well. I’m not tasting much of the "wild" or sour flavor they’re talking about. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3333) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours hazy amber with a thin, fizzy white head. Tastes like strong sweet booze, smokey wood, dried light fruits, very malty, caramel, syrup. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like caramel, yeast, boozy, malty, and light spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3192) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2014
On tap at the brewery. It poured an orange color with a small white head. The aroma was of caramel, fruit, yeast, gum and some spices. The taste was sweet with yeast, caramel, syrup and fruit. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
22oz bottle - Aroma - fruit cocktail, cloves, bubblegum, Belgian-y esters, light orange peel. Appearance - hazy orange body, fluffy 3-finger head, long retention, above average retention Mouthfeel - medium-full bodied, medium-high carbonation...busy mouthfeel Flavor - sweet, lots of caramel/toffee flavors, straw/grassy hops and noticeable alcohol bite Overall - never heard of Lightning before and this was damn good. Priced right at about $8/bottle, a solid buy and an even better beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GT2 (9408) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2014
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Lightning ][ $1-2 ][ Plastic Cup ][ 7.19.14 ]
>> Full haze deep orange pour, yellow cream foam. Nose is estery, plastic, chlorine, red apple. Taste is sweet, acid, sugar, salty red apple. Not bad. Sweet, strong Belgian amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Tap, orange pour, white head, nose is spicy, taste is alcohol, boozy, sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoesefat (338) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Good fruity aroma, very sweet smelling. Pours slightly cloudy copper with a white head. Sweet fruity flavor with a bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Murky orange color, moderate head, some lace/retention. Aroma is sour pale malt, Belgian yeast, lightly spiced, light wheat. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well, moderate sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Wow. Don't think I've had a more fully flavored Belgian. Think saison on steroids. ABV undetectable too! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (2607) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Orangish/Amber Hue, Passes Minimal Light, Very Thin Head Ring that dissaptes, No Lacing S: Fruity, Mildly Funky T: Apples, Papaya, Mild Pear M: Poorly Carbonated, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Funky Overall, this might have been better as a fresh beer but just doesnt seem to fit any specific mode.

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