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O’so Spikes 2009

Serve in Stein, Weizen


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
This year’s Spike’s sets the bar for uniqueness. Spike’s is a golden amber ale crafted in the farmhouse tradition using German dark wheat, oats and Vienna malts. The robust malt profile boasts a strong earthy note from the use of 100% maple sap in the place of mater. Fermentation using English ale yeast gives clean, crisp, fruity notes. You will not find another beer using these techniques and O’so is proud to pay homage to Grandpa Spike with this offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Old Review...Growler straight from the brewery, THANKS Barry! I was quite surprised as this seems to be a solid brew. Didn’t knock my socks off, but I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle sampled on 12/13/09: Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of dry earthy maple and some grassy hops with a touch of brown sugar. Starts with some doughy maple sweetness and some light earthy bitterness and dark wheat balance before a drier toasty finish. A pretty unique brew, but could use some more sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a one finger fizzy white head. A good amount of carbonation retains the head nicely. The nose is quite sweet smelling with toasty vienna malt. Ale yeast fruitiness with a bit of a dark wheat undertone. The flavor is quite unusual, tree sap indeed. The weird mix of oats, wheat, and vienna malts just isn’t working for me. This seems to lack focus. Medium to full bodied with a slightly sticky viscous texture and and fizzy forced carbonation. This one was a bust for me. An unusual combo for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Had this one bottled, thanks Slothgar! Cloudy, slightly bubbly dark orange pour with a thick, off-white head that laced nicely. Malty, citrusy and slightly yeasty nose; flavors of nuttiness, herbs, and a piney hoppy finish. Not bad!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (7460) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2009
22oz bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Pours a cloudy orange, amber with a clumpy white head. Aroma is very mild, caramel, earthy, dried leaves. Flavor is sweet, earthy, root vegetables. Slick in the mouth. Some parts were nondescript.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13208) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Lightly hazed amber body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, maple, wheat, some chocolate/caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, burnt caramel, some chocolate, maple, resin. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle shared by Hophead22.. Pours cloudy orange with a thin white head.. Aroma is citrus.. Flavor was Belgian yeast and slightly fruity.. Lots of carbonation..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
22oz bottle picked up in Wisconsin. Rating #11. Dark gold pour with very little head. Light maltiness, not a big aroma really. Flavor was lacking a little as well, but it was very nice to drink, had a slight sweetness in the finish. ꀦ)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Bomber. Poured medium orange with a fine cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel, maple syrup, and bread accented by brighter earth and vanilla.. lots more maple if you stick your nose in there. The flavor had maple, caramel, and honey at the core, with some earthy bitterness around.. as it warmed up, overripe bananas and more maple showed up.. the wheat, beyond providing that banana, really came into play on the texture and feel at the finish.. interesting, but not greatly enjoyable. Medium-bodied and tangy around the edges and through the finish.. moderate carbonation.. OK flow to it. I wanted to like this more, and I can see how I might.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Hazy pour, more of a dark gold than amber. A billowing yellow-beige head leaves a generous lacing. Initial aroma, some carbonation and a bit of dark fruit porterish malts. With a second whiff this has faded to something lightly floral. Flavor opens up with a really nice fruitiness, strawberries mostly, fading into the malt backbone, significantly more toasted here than the color would suggest: toffee, singed toast, a hint of banana. Blindfolded, I’d believe you if you called this a dunkelweiss. Just a touch of bittering hops complements the sweet-tart malts into the linger. Medium bodied, lightly sparkling. Nicely done.

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