auerbrau (3204) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 22oz Bottle. 2007. We’ve got a gusher! A voluminous four fingers of soft, creamy delicate fresh soap in khaki, pillowed on top of a fuming pale sienna and fire agate. Nose from the froth indicates a lightly spiced malt. Generic, yet with some pie. Cookies intermingle. Down beneath the pillows is a really coarse, bitter brew. Very vegetal and biting. The ginger is there, but only as this dusty quaff of dead cookies and grandmother’s spice drawer. There’s probably some root rind in there. After the first few sips, this beer calms down a little bit. The ginger still gives a metallic afterglow, but the character is more refined and direct. Hops show up to add complexity to the party. Airy, to say the least. I could use some malt body to really bring the back of this up.
Something to hold onto the very volatile light spice notes. Some graham cracker character or a bit of chewy oatmeal grain notes would be really nice in here. Rather watery, unfortunately. This has potential, but the execution flopped. Clean and fresh, at least. I can’t get over the tinny metallic character that hits me right up front, I really wish that would fade. All around, I’m probably giving this mediocre example too many words. I should just enjoy it for the fresh, lightly flavored new beer from Michigan that is all it ever wanted to be. Thanks Sean for keeping the rare ones coming!
22oz Bottle. 2008. A very snappy, crisp biting apple, cookie and roast ginger character. Not a gusher this year, but a softer yet bright ginger character. Fresh, piquant and hot. This is much more delightful a fresh edge of ginger settles in amongst more caramel and nut character. A much, much improved version over last year and a truly enjoyable holiday beer with great fresh ginger character and a nice malt back.