Tasting: July 23, 2011
Style: Fruit Ale
Okay, so this beer has sat for quite some time in the back of my fridge. I bought a four pack and tried one bottle — didn’t really like it, so I gave Craig and John one each. It’s time to wipe the slate clean and give my two cents on this ale.
It says 15 IBU on the label (probably the same bitterness as a Coors Light), but this ale shouldn’t be about bitterness — more like sweet fruit. Also from the label…a malt beverage brewed with cherry puree and 6.5% ABV. Malt beverage and malt liquor are common terms for a lot of beers. Malt beverage describes most beers since they are brewed from malt from grains like barley. Malt liquor is a poor label for any malt based beer over 5% ABV — these days it’s equated to cheap boozy beer like Colt 45, but technically, it could describe quite a few beers made today.
Pours a reddish straw color, not much of a head. Aroma is of cherries. Just as I remember, the flavor is of sour cherries. It’s not like a subtle compliment to the beer — it’s like they brewed a light ale and nailed it together with a sour cherry cordial. I do get some spicy cinnamon and apples as well. If you like fruit beers, you’d probably like this…I’m not a fan and it may take me some time to come around to this one. At least, it won’t be sitting in my fridge. I’ll give it 65 points.