This beer is one that has been flying off the shelves in my area and received a lot of hype. I’m always suspect of beers that get a lot of hype, so I hope it lives up to the expectations.
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our first beer out of our new brewery is an homage to its former life as a toaster pastry factory. Biscuit malts give the beer a slightly nutty, crust-like flavor, while pale and dark Crystal malts create the mouthfeel and flavors reminiscent of strawberry jam. Calypso and other experimental hops give this ruby ale a welcome bite, plus a few more in the hop back for a toasty-sweet aroma.”
Random: This won Silver in the Double Red Ale category at GABF.
This brew poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose had some nuttiness to it, along with bread notes and grapefruit hops. I didn’t pick up any strawberry or berry notes. The taste was pretty hoppy. I picked up grapefruit and tropical fruit hops. Some malt came through and manifested in bread crust and yeast notes. But again, I picked up absolutely no strawberry. It had some tropical fruit presence from the experimental hops after a few sips and I could stretch and say red berry notes as well. The alcohol was well-hidden. The body was medium thickness. It had a quick finish with tropical fruit and grass hops. If you’re going to say this is supposed to taste like a Pop Tart, it definitely doesn’t. It tastes like a straight forward red IPA, which isn’t bad at all. It’s well-executed in fact. But based on the description, I couldn’t rank it very highly and wouldn’t rush back to have it again.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0