Monday, November 1, 2010

Some Midwest Seasonal Releases

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown - 4.9% ABV, 15 IBUs. A sweet-leaning, easily sessionable brown ale with hazelnut flavor added. One of the better offerings from Leinenkugel's in our humble opinion. A lot of the color comes from the use of red wheat, which isn't the typical way to make a brown ale as far as OMG Beer! understands the style, so I expect something a little lighter than your usual brown ale, and with the focus more on the hazelnut, and less on the earthier nutty flavors you find in nut browns.

New Belgium 2° Below - 6.6% ABV, 32 IBUs. Probably best classified as a winter warmer. Still a sweet beer, there's a touch of balance from the hops, and definitely a nice spicy pepper and floral nose from the hop usage. Under that nose, expect a slightly nutty, caramel and bread flavor.

New Belgium Frambozen - 6.5% ABV, 15.5 IBUs. A sweet raspberry brown ale. Most of the color is from the raspberries, and the beer looks just as much red as it ever does brown, in any light. The malt and yeast used do add a fruitiness sometimes found in brown ales, which here compliments the use of raspberries.

Boulevard Seeyoulater Doppelbock
- 8.5% ABV, 35 IBUs. A sweet german lager, brewed extra strong. Boulevard's spin on this beer is more banana in aroma and flavor than most doppelbocks (think dunkelweizen aroma perhaps). Cedar aging lends some spiciness according to the Boulevard website. Might come off as a bit boozy, and definitely is a rich and powerful beer for the fireside drinker. Don't sit too close, no one wants to catch on fire taking a beer-induced cat nap.

Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter - 7.5% ABV, 40 IBUs. Dark and chocolately, full bodied, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Well spiced with a hint of pumpkin. Quite a nice list of ingredients on the Summit website for those homebrewers wishing to take a shot at making their own pumpkin porter at home (take it easy on those spices though, or you'll wish you'd just bought this beer).

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