Thursday, March 31, 2011

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale

Thanks to Kate Reis and Logan Beausoleil for getting a six pack of this beer for the night of beer tasting and pizza making.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a thin bubbly foam head with a glistening lacing on the sides. Carbonation is relatively aggressive as bubbles arise from every orafis of the glass. 100% clarity.
Aroma: Biscuit malt and toasted barley along with an underlying fruitiness about it. Some honey and sweetened spicing and a crisping yeastiness. Some citrus.
Taste: Sweet caramel and toasted barley forefront with a honey undertone. Clean tasting. The beer then transitions into a floral bitterness that parallels a pine element. Some pungency from slight elements lagering. Well attenuated and balanced between the malt and hops. Some spicing results in the finish. I also sense some brief orange peel zest for a bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a light body, but nevertheless the combination conveniently creates a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking and crisp from the hops.
Overall Impression: A highly drinkable ale  that I'd see being a perfect beer for those crowds you are unsure of in their preferences, but don't want to show up with any econo-beers. A fantastic summer beer and the best substitute for fat tire.


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