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Lakefront Brewery: Cattail Ale
Whats a Wisconsin Mild Ale? We have no idea. We Googled it and came up with only four results, all of which mentioned this beer. But apparently, were tasting a Wisconsin-style Mild Ale this week: Cattail Ale, beer number 7 in our exploration of Lakefront Brewerys variety eight-pack from Milwaukee, WI. From what weve read, Cattail could be a cross between an American Pale Ale and an English Pale Mild Ale, maybe even a Golden Ale. Cattail Ale is brewed according to the now-defunct Reinheitsgebot (German purity law of 1516), using only water, malt, hops and yeast. Its hopped with Kent Golding and finished with a California Ale yeast strain.
Pours a bright, pale light gold beer with a very fine carbonation that creates a thin white head, dissipating quickly to a ringed lace. Soft herbal and hay aromas in the nose, with a hint of stone fruit. Tight and prickly, with a crisp carbonation bite on the tongue. Lemony hop smack up front and a thinned-out splash of apricot fruitiness amongst a bit of malty sweetness. White-grape-like in acidity and flavor. Some oils attach to the palate and smooth things out. Malt character gets crackery and husky at times. Residual sweetness and rind in the drying finish.
Beer geeks will probably argue the style of this beer until the end of days, and it looks like about half of those who reviewed it on BeerAdvocate.com are not fond of it. As for us, wed probably lean toward an English Pale Mild Ale or Golden Ale. But who cares? The important thing is how it tastes: mediocre at best. Yes, its meant to be on the lighter side, but it just doesnt impress us. The aroma is off and unappealing, and the flavors just dont sync up to create something wed want to have a session with. Might be good for washing down some grub, but thats about it. Cattail Ale is 5.16 percent alcohol by volume.
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