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Admittedly, it’s been a while since Mardi Gras. So I am curious how the extra, unintended aging will impact Abita Mardi Gras Bock. But when you have out of state family who pick up beer for you, how can you complain?
Essentially a maibock, it’s a beer with a lighter color, but a decent kick, this at 6.5% ABV. Pours crystal clear and very light amber. Not much of a head, but it’s sticking around. Smells like it’s going to be a malty delight. Sweet malt and sweet citrus start off the flavor with loads of caramel and butterscotch. Hops at just a touch of bitter dryness in the finish. Kind of an earthy finish, as well.
I have a feeling the influence from the hops would be great if this were fresher, but it’s mighty tasty and highly drinkable.
Unsurprisingly, the Tin Roof Perfect Tin is a canned Amber Ale. Pours a deep copper with a delightful aroma of caramel, toast, and citrus hops.
Sweet toffee is the foremost flavor with the grapefruity hops adding some bitterness at the back end.
Rather big flavor and very full, round mouthfeel for an amber ale. Not terribly complex, but the toffee and roasted malt pair together nicely, with the hops adding a pleasant contrast at the end.
Good flavor, and clocking it at 4.5% ABV, a great all day beer here. Geaux get one!
The flagship brew of Redhook, and starting to creep into even grocery stores here (perhaps because the company is partially owned by InBev?), this is the ESB.
Pours a cloudy copper. Not much head at all. Nose has toasted malt and rather aggressive black pepper. The flavor is sweeter than I expected. Doesn’t have a ton of flavor, but there is caramel, grassy hops, and black pepper. Very easy to drink as it’s nearly finished and I am still figuring out the flavors. Finish is earthy and a bit on the dry side. A little bitterness, but not much.There might even be a hint of mustard in there.
A decent beer, but I prefer the version from French Broad I had last week.
Sadly, my little treat of North Carolina beers is coming to an end with Foothills Hoppyum IPA. Pours a deep gold with a sticky white head. Just from the aroma, I know this is going to pack quite the hops punch. Loads of Simcoe hops and their distinctive grapefruit aroma comes through most noticeably.
This is one for you hopheads. Along with the Simcoe, plenty of Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade balance the hops flavors among each other. Slightly toasted malt is evident in the finish, but the hops are the whole story here. Long, dry, puckeringly bitter finish. Clocks in at 78 IBUs, but I expected it to be closer to 100. As it warms, everything mellows out and becomes much easier to drink.
One for hopheads, for sure, but let it go for a bit and it becomes very tasty, indeed. Packs a lot of punch, but good harmony among the hops varieties.
Upon seeing this beer, I wondered what Gaelic Ale would mean rather than a Scottish Ale. Basically, it’s made to honor the Irish and Scottish people who settled the area around Asheville, where Highland Brewing is. I’m also told to expect more hops than I would with a typical Scottish Ale, which is good to know before starting.
Pours a deep amber and is relatively clear. Sticky white head floats atop. Smells of toasted malt and smoked peat. I’m glad I knew to expect some hops, because they are definitely noticed. Thankfully, not overpowering (wouldn’t fit the style). Caramel, smoked peat and other complex malts are upfront with the piney hops balancing nicely. The malt lingers longer than the hops.Flavor of iced tea as it warms, as well. Clocks in at 5.8% ABV.
I’d say this is more of an Amber Ale than it is a Scotch Ale. Interesting how your own bias about a how a style should taste will shift your views, no? It’s tasty, has good balance, and is on the hoppier side of the spectrum.