Mishawaka Transit of Venus Sunrise Ale

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Brewed using four malts and only one hop variety (Centennial) Transit of Venus Sunrise Ale is brewed in the style of an India Pale Ale. It contains only malted barley, hops, water and yeast (It does not contain any wheat). Sunrise Ale has a color that emulates the color of a rising sun. It was created to comemorate the rare occurence of the Transit of Venus that will occur on June 8, 2004. It will be visible in Mishawaka, IN at sunrise and will be visible for 74 minutes. Hence the name "Transit of Venus Sunrise Ale."

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574deadzone (1420) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Sad news as apparently Mishawaka BrewCo has closed down effective April 2011. This small batch, limited release was my favorite beer that I had there. This has been years ago, but from what I remember it poured a vibrant orange with a nice fluffy head. Plenty bitter, but with a reserved sweetness. Used to hang out with friends there after class and drink $4 pitchers (hella cheap!) on Tuesdays. Good times, but the brewery had a lot of problems the last couple years what with the terrible economy in our area. That and the fact that the overall quality of their brews (especially in bottles) was below substandard compared to nearby legends like Bell’s, 3 Floyds, and Founders. However it also introduced a lot of people (including myself) to the world of craft beers, and for that I give heartfelt praise.

can8ianben (1611) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
This one packs a nice punch! Good flavour, big alcohol content, it doesn’t really feel like their other IPA, it does have some very nice body. Very nicely hopped.

Tmoney99 (15226) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Draft sampler at MBC. Dark amber color with a moderate white head that diminished slowly. Moderate hoppy aroma. Medium body with dry texture. Light hoppy flavor with a small bitter finish.

tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 All Centennial hops makes for a nice hop aroma. Copper orange. Medium head with some lacing. Kind of grainy and grassy. Ample bitterness. Medium body. Basicly a Two Hearted knock-off.

Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Orange/amber pour with a light off-white head. Centennial hops provided most of the aroma, with a little caramelly sweetness behind it. Flavor followed the aroma very well, but the single hop variety kept this from being more complex and interesting. Finish carried through the caramel and piney hops, and was a bit sticky.

StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Nice deep gold color with Mishawaka’s creamiest off-white head. Aroma is haystacks, neglected grass fields, cedar and caramel. Much creamier than their other renditions. Smooth, and a reserved hop profile. How many IPAs neglect the hops and favor the malts? Other elements include basement paneling, moth balls and spring cleaning. Decent, but an IPA? I’m not so sure.

DrnkMcDermott (3193) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Draft. Another pale ale. Could tell it was all one hop, somehow. Orangey hop taste matches its orangey color, Sweet light caramel malts. Toward the end, a big pineyness comes along, too.

Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Pours a dark orange color, with a small white head. Aroma is piney and citrus hops. Flavor is piney hops, apples, and bitter. Palate is nicely appeased. Thanks to BBB63 For this tasty brew!

jsquire (4722) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2004
On tap at Mad Anthony’s Octobeer Fest. Pretty golden color with a fluffy white head and an orange citrus nose. Grainy astringency with a rotten orange rind funkiness in the finish. Both of Mishiwaka’s beer that I tried reminded me of homebrew.

11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Tap. Orange-amber color. Floral and citric hop aroma. Bitter sour taste that lingers. Not that great.

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