flying_pig (1646) - SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2017
250ml Keg at Baird's Harajuku Taproom, Tokyo (¥600):Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2017
Quite a pleasant offering from Baird, albeit one that came through slightly lighter than expected but at least it was fresh & had some bitterness showing too. The beer was easy to drink & balanced with some subtle hops showing without being overly pronounced & overall the beer was quite a clean, sessionable offering that was well worth trying too.
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2017 English-style brown ale from this English-owned Japanese brewery, bottle bought at Heilig Hart’s webshop. Tightly lacing, irregular, moussy, pale greyish white, stable head over a lightly hazy, translucent ruddy mahogany brown beer with coppery red hue. Aroma of pink peppercorns, red bell pepper, caramel candy, freshly cut red apple, raw rhubarb, cooked turnip, red beetroot, horseradish even, unripe peach, redcurrant, grape peel, sourdough, damp soil, dried old orange peel, unripe blue plum, light grapefruit juice, cloves, vague liquorice. Fruity onset, lots of red apple crispness, hints of peach, pear and some light pineapple, sweetish core with mildly souring edges, medium carbo, slick and supple mouthfeel. Light but well-dosed malt body, with a nutty, fuller, caramelly sweetish side to it on the one hand and a sharper, cereally graininess on the other side but adding a bitterish toasty quality later on, bit resiny, with ongoing fruity aspects; ends dryish, with sourish impressions lingering alongside a herbal, softly spicy and lightly citrus peel-like hop bitterishness which remains elegant and subtle, penetrating the bittersweetish, nutty and toasty malts with a soft bitterness without becoming overpowering as would be the case in an American-style interpretation of this beer genre. Remains crisp, fruity and juicy, nothing really complex or otherwise ambitious going on here, but to the point, very quaffable and elegant. Has the lightness and quenching features of any proper English brown ale - a style remarkably diminishing in its country of origin. Fits its style denominator quite well. koleminer20 (3976) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2017
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 for the stupid book. The pour is a mahogany brown color with a light egg shell colored ring of head and maybe a spot or two of lace. The aroma is seeet and candy forward. There is a little bit of bitter malt and a light toffee on the back end. Very light. The flavor is a little sharper. The alcohol up front is a bit of a turn off for me. There is a light fruitiness and the candy is there. The alcohol is overwhelming the other items. The mouth feel is a little light but decently carbonated with a lingering malty alcohol coming through heavily. Not too bad. 6 4 6 4 14 ebone1988 (2123) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is hoppy, brown sugar, malt, slight nuttiness, fruity but good. Appearance is brown, hazy, light tan head. Taste is pine, brown sugar, bitter, nutty, task hoppy and dry. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, dry bitter hop and brown sugar aftertaste. Overall, it’s not terrible. 6 4 7 4 14 indrekr (589) - ESTONIA - JUN 10, 2017
Appearance: brown, hazy, minimal head, white foam, disapperas immediately. Aroma: raisin, bread, malt, suphuric :-/. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly sour, medium bitterness. Palate: light waterish body, thin feel, average carbonation, medium bitter longaftertaste.