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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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!


ghawener's rating

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ghawener (1433) - San Salvador, - JAN 4, 2010
Bottle: this brewery really takes the styles to the limt, in a good way. Becoming a big fan of Lightning. Food Pairing: Cheese platter.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoesefat (228) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (930) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (1739) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (12683) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at the Stone 17th anniversary festival. Unclear orange, off-white head. Sweet nose, canned tropical fruits, white sugar. Some grassy, light piney hops. The flavor is mostly on the hoppy side, the malty sweetness lurking in the back. Sweet on the palate, full body, lightly warming. Too sweet this one, but not bad. 130817

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (5341) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at Stone 17th. Pours cloudy golden with a who’re head. Aroma of malt, citrus, toffee and wheat. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, yellow apples and yeast. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (6415) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
bottle 650ml @ Stone 17th Anniversary
Pours cloudy deep golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, wheat, caramel and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5333) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2013
bottle, slightly hazed golden amber. sweet booziness, fruit forward, floral spice, fruity yeastiness/sweetness. medium bodies. OK

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
maxwelldeux (3070) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very hazy amber color with almost no head on it. Nose has some citrus in there with a little bit of that "wild" smell, but not an overpowering smell at all. Taste is slightly sour up front with a bit of a sweet finish with some of the wheaty elements of it coming through. Feels a bit heavy and rather carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap (2926) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma has sweet notes...candy sugar, honey, and tropical fruits. Flavor is tropical fruits and boozy...wheaty and candy sugar. Mouthfeel is medium/full and the finish is boozy/bitter fruit rind and warming.


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