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American Amber / Red Lager
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Bullfrog last weekend. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a light-medium amber color with a good white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings plenty of fresh Citra hops along with a moderate amount of bread. Good amber character behind the fresh hops. Flavor is really nice with citrus and light tropical character with an amber background. Light body with a good amount of bitterness. Semi-dry finish. Very well done.
Serving type: on-tap
10-29-2011 14:54:46 |
More by Thorpe429
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Big thanks to pmsawyer for yet another growler share from Bullfrog. Thanks Pete! From the bullfrog website, they describe this brew as: "A crisp amber lager wet hopped with fresh cirtra hops."
Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear color of light amber to copper. A finger's worth of creamy off-white head is quick to recede to a thin lacing across the top and paints strings and a webbing pattern of lace-work all along the glass. A light swirl agitates bubbles from solution back to the surface in support of the head that now produces spots of lacing on the glassware.
The smell of this brew is an absolutely punch in the nostrils of fresh citra hops. Very tropical smelling mostly of pineapple meets mango. This brew smells so juicy with hops and tropical scents that it is almost too good to be true. I have had fresh ipa's that could only dream of smelling this good. It smells so fresh and hoppy that it is completely off-base with what you would expect from a lager. Not saying this is a bad thing because quite frankly this has an amazing aroma. It is just very uncharacteristically hopped up and displays an amazing aroma of citra character. The citra is so bold here that it leaves no room for anything else to shine through in the nose.
The taste of this offering includes a mild amount of toasty grain that imparts a light touch of caramel to toffee sweetness. A faint indication of sulfur and an herbal bitterness are noted towards the back-end of the flavor. All of these features I pick up on while attempting to ignore the bold display of citra hops that run wild through this brew. This brew displays a very mild mineral character and crisp finish that gets somewhat blurred with an oily texture of hoppy character that lingers inside the mouth. The hop inclusion of flavor is just crazy here. Just like the aroma indicated, it displays a very fresh and fruited quality of hops that are modestly bitter. Citras, grass and tropical fruit qualities like pineapple and mango are all found here but almost over-done to the point where it leaves a strange burnt aspect inside the mouth.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. I have no idea what the % of alcohol is in this brew but for the most part it is fairly well integrated. It finishes fairly crisp to the finish outside of the oily feel that the wet-hopping has somewhat imparted. It leaves a lasting bite inside the mouth that encourages you to drink more. Overall, I found this brew to be quite enjoyable. However, I can't help but think one of two things took place here to make this brew come to life. Option 1.) With wet-hopping being the newest crazy, why not do something other than the expected pale ale, ipa, dipa. Option 2.) The finished product (prior to wet-hopping) was a fairly clean but unexciting/forgettable brew to which the idea was thrown out to completely bastardize this offering by hopping the hell out of it. Anyway, this is all my speculation... if you have the opportunity you need to give this brew a try. It sure is unlike anything i've had before.
Serving type: growler
10-24-2011 23:13:09 |
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