Speakeasy The Suspect Golden Ale

Posted: August 9, 2016 in Belgian Pale Ale, Reviews, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Val and I went to The Green Parrot in Newtown to watch a game and have an early dinner. Well, let me be honest, I wanted to watch the game and Val indulged me. There weren’t a lot of beers at the time that I hadn’t reviewed, so I went with this beer that I knew nothing about.


ABV: 7%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Starting with a single, iconic beer that immortalized the spirit of those who persevered when America’s taps ran dry – a bold, hoppy amber ale known as Prohibition Ale – Speakeasy now brews a wide array of acclaimed beers from sessionable pale ales to bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. Big Daddy IPA, which would become Speakeasy’s kingpin and San Francisco’s best-selling IPA, fully realized the brewery’s passion for intense, in-your-face flavors that were still balanced and approachable. 2011 ushered in a new era in the brewery’s history–with the launch of many exciting new beers, the opening of The Speakeasy Tap Room, a stunning package redesign and a major facilities expansion, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is poised to elevate the brand to national awareness. In 2015, a new 60 barrel brewhouse, malt handling system, fermentors, centrifuge, and canning line were installed. Production capacity increased to 90,000 barrels per year and Speakeasy launched The Session Series, which features their beer in a can for the first time. The new beers are easy drinking, flavorful, and lower in alcohol at 4.7% ABV. The first release was Baby Daddy IPA, followed by Suds Session Ale. From only four employees at the start to over 40 now, Speakeasy has grown by leaps and bounds. The brewery’s trademark eyes–ubiquitous and cryptic–beckon you to join the Speakeasy revolution: no password required.”

Random: There was nothing about this beer on the brewery website. It doesn’t look like it’s been updated lately.

The beer poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy, light yellow with light carbonation as well. The nose had significant yeast and a citrus smell, which manifested as mostly lemon. What disappointed me was that I didn’t pick up any spice. The taste had a more marked spice character with coriander. Yeast was present as well with watered-down lemon juice. I kept sipping the beer trying to pick up more flavors, but there weren’t any. It had a watery and thin body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with lemon and yeast. This beer was alright, but nothing outstanding. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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