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High Point, NC
321 Posts

Opened with a medium hiss. As I poured it looked as though it was not going to create much head and I shifted to pouring down the middle. Got about a quarter inch of off-white foam that receded to a thin cap as I finished a piece of leftover pizza before starting to taste. The beer is a clear amber, but not 'see through' clear.

Aroma - Tough to coax anything out of this in the pint glass. I get a faint hint of malt, but little hops on the nose. 

Mouthfeel - Whoa. That was quite a first sip. I wasn't prepared for that. I had to confirm with a second and third sip. I quite literally had to check up after the first sip. Malt forward, spicy, with a fine clean finish that I seem to detect the presence of the noble hops as they linger ever so slightly. The beer has medium body and is very smooth. The clean finish leaves the palate ready for the next sip. I don't get any sense of the alcohol in the beer.

Overall - This should turn some heads when they drink it. Again, it's different, smooth, and very tasty. The more I drink, the more the finish seems to accentuate the noble hop presence. Of course, it didn't linger in the glass long. Very well done sir.

A beer to be proud of.

Posted 34 days ago.
Edited 34 days ago by vinpaysdoc

Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts

You are very kind.  This was a funny beer, I didn't quite know what to expect.  I don't know if it's for everyone, but I'm really enjoying it.

Posted 34 days ago.

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Last year I brewed 10 gallons of American Amber, and fermented 5 gallons with Safale-01, and 5 gallons with German Lager yeast. The differences were striking. I generally liked the lager better because - as you noted - the clean finish let the malt and hops shine. 

Definitely worth a shot if you can lager. 

Posted 34 days ago.

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