RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Art Hop Ale is a collaboration of two fine arts: the art of illustration and the art of brewing. We teamed up with Vermont non-profit SEABA for the Labels for Libations contest and called on Vermont artists to submit their original works for a chance to have them grace bottles of Art Hop Ale. This year’s winner is Nicole Christman. Her winning design will pair perfectly with the new beer our brewers created – a Peppercorn Pilsner.

This year’s exhibit of Art Hop Ale is a masterpiece of an easy-drinking pilsner. Hops and the addition of pink peppercorn express themselves freely throughout each sip, leading the ale aficionado to a delightfully spicy finish.

Malts: Pale, Pilsner
Hops: CTZ
Additions: Pink Peppercorn

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Tmoney99 (15211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Draft. Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate spice hot aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium spice sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

obguthr (6921) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Yeast and new plastic smell. Clear yellow, thin head. Yeast, grass, some fusel alcohol. Light body, moderate carbonation. Not much different from a macro lager, in some ways worse.

Beerdedone (3496) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of grass, biscuit and light pepper. Flavor was bready with citrus, grass, pepper and and a light spiciness.

jb (3480) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Seemed a bit like a pils, but not enough bite. Did not work for me. Thanks for the bottle Bob via brother Steve.

burg326 (5659) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Drank from bottle aromas of clean crisp malt and biscuits with light aoice. Flavors are clean with some zippiness light spice in aftertaste solid overall.

Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Treated as a pilsener (but don’t ask me if its a Czech or a German), here’s why: This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a soft hazy burnt yellow to golden orange color with a one and a half foamy white head that dissipated within less than about a minute. Carbonation could be seen rising. Lacing stuck around the cap of the beer and slid with the sips. The smell started off with a light sweet bready malt. Light grassy tones play eloquently with some sweet lemon crispness. The taste was mainly sweet carrying a nice dry sweet semi-citrusy aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs really light and allows a big sticky feel on my tongue. Overall, honestly, I was a bit surprised at this. I had low expectations (maybe because of the brewery), but this turned out better than I thought at least for me. Still, for a pilsener, there’s a part of me that wants to say, it’s a bit of cross between a German and a Czech one. Just drink it and find out for yourself.

Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Aroma of biscuits and dark bread. Pour a slightly hazy y plowed the no head and no lacing. The taste is primarily bready with hints of citrus, and herbs. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, enjoyable.

jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 9, 2015
2015 release, artwork winner of 2014 contest

From 22oz bottle, about $5-6, poured into tulip glass, Pilsner w/pepercorns

Aroma: spices, herbal

Appearance: golden, mostly clear, white head, decent retention

Taste: light sweet, light bitter

Palate: light body, creamy texture, average carbonation, slight bitter finish

Overall: Not a bad beer. It would work well to compliment food without overpowering the food. Nothing spectacular, but a solid beer for drinking purposes. Some slight cracker and biscuit malts, maybe some sweet pils malts as well. Hops are very subtle to none. Pepercorns and spices shine and doesn’t overpower the beer. I think it’s a decent Pilsner and I’d probably drink more of it, if it came in 6-packs/cans for a good price.

Block (3222) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2015
It’s not bad but it’s not really good. I didn’t really think it had too much spice and it seemed like a pretty light and general ale. I would consider this a pilsner with a little more body and hops, certainly not spicy.

hershiser2 (3879) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Golden. White head. Smells of wheat and grass. Taste is bitter grass. I've had much better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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