LinusStick (3497) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
A decent smoked ale sample at Penn Microbrewer’s fest. Not as in your face smokey as the Smokestack Porter which was disappointing, but a good one nonetheless. Aroma was a faint smoke with a hint of beef jerky. Pour was a nice enough medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was mostly very malty with some grass, stale hops and the pillow of smoke coming up in the aftertaste. Not too big as to scare away someone from the style, but big enough to keep us "smokies" happy. Decent carbonation rounds the beer off. douglas88 (9570) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Growler shared by RiversideAK- thanks Alex. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is mostly lighter smoke and meaty notes. The flavor though is more of a all-out assault of smoke and meaty smokiness. Pretty one sided I guess, but still very nice. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Big meaty smokey nose, grassy nose. Hazy orange golden, thin foqamy head. Flavors of smoked meat, salt, earth, ashy, light grass. Clean, light, easy to drink. Nice. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2010
growler, thanks alex. clear gold with amber tones and a loose tan head. big bacon and campfire nose. creamy medium body with plenty of lively carb. caramel, toast, campfire, and bacon on the mid palate. long bacon and campfire finish. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Body is a nearly transparent straw yellow. Pours with a decent head which fades quickly. That doesn’t matter because the nose is rather strong and offers a lot of smokiness. A smokiness that is a lot like smoked sausage on the grill or something of the like. A light presence of hops is also there.
Flavor is much like the nose with a pretty big smoked meat flavor upfront and a very light malt backbone. A moderate to big kick of hops comes through for the finish that is not bitter but refreshing. A little bit of smokiness and hop flavors linger.
Mouthfeel is very light-but not thin or watery-carbonation is pretty high. All these put together make for a great, drinkable brew. This would be the perfect Summer BBQ brew because its light bodied, sessionable,smokey, and refreshing. I really enjoyed it.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 04-26-2010 15:19:31
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2010 On tap and from growler. Transparent golden-amber, thing cream bubbles for a head. Nose is smoke heavy, some faint malt showing. Flavor is similarly singular with a blast of smoke and faint roasted malt. A thin, rather watery smoke, but this lager is incredibly drinkable which is nice given how smoked this is. I watched a handful of beer geeks balk after a sip. Being a smoke junky, I almost drank their leftover samples. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2010
From growler. Smells like wonderful smoky bacon. Nice smoke aroma with some tangy malt notes. A bit of hops but mostly smoky malt. Golden amber hazy with thin white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Mild taste overall, dry with smoky notes and watery tang. Light hop bitter finish and smoky after. A nice smoked session. mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Growler, filled yesterday at the brewery. A lighter shade of honey in color with subdued white foam that fades to a thin ring but never disappears, very nice lacing. Aroma is slightly acrid and bordering on peaty with some slight toastiness. Nice maltiness up front that quickly gets obliterated by smoke and then a wave of herbal/minty bitterness. Begs to be drank, big thumbs up.