Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Red Tulip Ale

Tapped annually for Tulip Time here in Holland, MI. Apparently this beer used to be bottled, Like Zoomer, but today is made only in the pub for the local publicans. Tasted Thursday afternoon at the pub during another 2nd shift day. Served in a 1/2 pint glass.
5% ABV

Appearance: Dark amber with a deep rubied tint. The head only stands less than a centimeter for a short while, only to fall into the beer leaving a thin film and a bright white ring around the inner perimeter of the glass. Carbonation is present in the middle, but at first glance the beer looks relatively still. Clarity is optimal for its color
Aroma: Toffee and caramelized sugar sweetness are the first impressions I draw. Followed are brief caramel custard and grain undertones. Floral and very aromatic.
Taste: The front of this beer is represented by deeply rooted caramel and specialty malts, producing a flavor full of malt based caramel, toffee, and toast. Generally quite clean with a faint fruit flavor, but dominated by the greater malt base.
Mouthfeel: Thicker body and the large residual sweetness in the flavor lets one know that this beer was left under attenuated to preserve and present the complexities of the malt. All else comes secondary. Smooth and delicate, but bold and rather thick. A stickiness resides on the lips after each taste. The roof of the mouth is left dry while a faint cloy is felt on the roof of the mouth
Overall Impression: A beer for the malt heads and for the sweet-tooth folks out there. Exemplifying the potential of malting and the varieties out there. A red ale but without much of a hop balance. Think predominantly Caramelized candi and malt sugars.

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