San Francisco Brewers Guild Green Death 2013

RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
The members of the San Francisco Brewers Guild have turned up the volume on the 1934 version of this historic ale by using high quality ingredients, a larger amount of hops, and decided to push the alcohol content even higher. Green Death was made at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers using 2-row malt, Cluster hops, California ale yeast, and 30% of the recipe consisted of flaked corn, which gives it a creamy texture and bumped the alcohol by volume up to 7.75%. The resulting beer is smooth, rich in flavor, and surprisingly not boozy. It will go down very easy, so be careful!

Green Death is part of a series of collaboration beers that the San Francisco Brewers Guild has created each year since SF Beer Week was launched in 2009. According to San Francisco Brewers Guild Executive Director, Brian Stechschulte, The brewers enjoy working together each year on one-off recipes that challenge conventions, acknowledge brewing history, and surprise beer fans. Green Death is a wonderful addition to our lineup of collaboration beers.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
t0rin0 (86) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
RBSH task #38.

I actually added this to the system, so its only fitting that I rate it. I ended up trying it at Toronado one night during SF Beer Week. Actually, that night happened to be Russian River night, so while I tried my Framboise Cuvee and a requisite glass of Pliny, I also ordered a pint of this stuff. It was sweet, very corn-heavy, kind of amberish in color (a bit dark for a malt liquor), medium bittered, and a bit fruity. It wasnt terrible but it was clearly a malt liquor in spirit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (25809) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2013
Draft @ SF Beer Week Opening Celebration 2013, Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, CA. Pours a dark golden copper aroma with a small white head. has a fruity sweetish malty lightly bready aroma. Sweetish malty weak bready caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1672) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
On tap at capitol beer Sacramento. Pours a copper color with white head. Taste is very light. Reminds me of a light arrogant bastard

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Clear light amber pour with a white head. Sweet bread, toasted malt, and fruity esters. Theres some banana, light floral hops, and a light sourness on the finish. Tastes pretty malt liquor-like. Hints of corn?, sweet bread, banana, apple, and pear. Very light hop profile with no perceptible bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
larryLSB (532) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at 21st. Clear darker golden in color with a medium off white head. For sure the aroma stirs old memories of Rainer ale. Sweet malty nose, bready, taste was like a souped up Colt 45, decent and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
On tap. Clear bright golden orange with a creamy off white head. Caramel and citrus malty aroma and taste with a dry earthy cereal grain finish and a smooth bright palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (1950) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2013
A good beer. Fruity. Pours a pretty standard golden color with a light white head. Smells a little fruity. Taste is malty, fruity, but slightly empty. Had on tap at Alembic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (6361) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On draft at the SF beer week opening celebration. It pours a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma is fruity with some pear, plum and apple. The flavor has more plum, pear and a good grainy malt profile. Clean and full bodied. A bit bready. Nicely done, but difficult to compete with all the great beers at the event.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Rare malts bitches! Draft at speakeasy. Clear darker golden with minimal head. Corn, grassy hops up front, some creaminess, faint apple. Light body with prickley carbonation. Flaked corn cereal, grassy hop flavor that cleans it up a bit but finish has present alcohol burn and a touch rough, good bittering in the finish, but not enough to keep you from forgetting that this is a malt liquor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (10048) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Nojo for SF Beer Week. Pours amber with a rich off-white head and a bread and toffee aroma. There is a nice toffee flavaor with a bitter finish. Very refreshing.

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