Free State Holiday Ale 2005

Formerly brewed at Free State Brewing Company
Lawrence, Kansas USA
7.2% Specialty Grain | 1 Rating | Winter Seasonal |
Every year we offer a special, unique brew to celebrate the Holidays. They have run the gamut of colors and flavors, sometimes with spices, fruits or other exotic ingredients to add extra dimensions. This years offering is light in color but has a full body and flavor. We used Pale malt, rye and malted wheat for the base grains. These lend both pleasant flavors and a smooth mouthfeel to the beer. Locally produced sunflower honey adds flavor and aroma and it is complemented by a subtle addition of chamomile. Hops are not the focus of this beer but gentle additions of Mt. Hood and Horizon hops add balance to the sweetness of the malts and honey. Served unfiltered.
O.G. 16.3P/1065 IBUs 24.5

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
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Carbonation
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Finish
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