Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale

Thank's to fellow Brewer Trevor Krutzfeldt for bringing this back from Mississippi and giving me it to taste. Reviewed after a day spent canning and shrink sleeving our River Rat Root Beer and running home from work. I enjoyed this with stir fried chard, beans and rice.

Appearance: Rustic amber colored with a tint of red. There is no haze to inhibit clarity. Carbonation can be acknowledged throughout. The head isn't very substantial, and primarily falls into a thin coated film across the surface of the beer.
Aroma: Brown sugar and sweet caramel malts come forth first. Obviously there is a prominent nuttiness and subtle hints of toasted grains and rye bread. There is some hint of oxidation, but that may be argued that this beer is simply just speaking its malt.
Taste: The taste exhibits a fine balance between a refreshing dryness in the end and a very flavorful malt sweetness up front. I can draw caramel and biscuit malt immediately from the start. To follow is a honey/brown sugar flavored sweetness. Falling into that mix is the roasted nut flavor that I was expecting from this beer, and it goes on to round out into the bittersweet finish with a sharp CO2 flavor and a refreshing bite. The beer finishes with an abrupt end and a clean flavor.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite high. Where it incorporates a sting on the tongue, it also follows through with a foamy smootheness. The body is generally quite light. Very crisp and refreshing.
Overall Impression: Very drinkable. I could see this beer retaining a good public following where it comes from. Both extremely refreshing, drinkable and boasting a well balanced flavor. I'd drink this again!

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