Just like you, but different
American IRA, or Red Ale. Now colour me stupid but I thought I’d drunk beer from the Fat Monk before now. Seems I haven’t. For no reason really.
Dry hopped Red Ale
Unusual beer, usual music, odd numbers and the odd party.
Using a American Ale yeast, this is an off-dry style beer with pale and lots of darker malts.
A big fight between malts and hops, creates a big balanced beer.
Centennial (citrus and/or floral character) and Amarillo (spicy orange and other citrus characters.) hops.
What could possibly go wrong? Well apart from a best by date of January 2015 not a lot. I brought this within the last two weeks too, I should check more.
Seems carbonated ok, musty bready yeast notes, not hoppy and something else in there quite nice but I can’t put my nose on it.
A rather lovely pour of a bright chestnut coloured beer with a lovely off white almost orange tinged head.
Aroma still a bit complicated, perhaps it is spicy, I can’t tell, I’m not so good at this.
Don’t think then with all my best will that I’d say IPA for this, despite being suckered in an using the IPA glass. I’m also going to suggest that this because of the unusual way the flavours are delivered that this is past the best it could be for flavours.
Not that it is awful or undrinkable. Not that it’s particularly good drinking either.
I think that this needs polishing, the brewery isn’t large or particular significant in size terms, they do brew in small batches, and they brew a fair few beers, so they have a market that evades me, it’s not a beer you see around that much.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 6 a of its things from the thing- that’s above average though. Sometimes things just don’t work for you and this might be one of those times for me. If I was going past their way I’d pop in and try something fresh up just to prove myself wrong, and I’m always up for that.
The double dip review
Alamo Race Track is a rock band from Amsterdam, Netherlands. This is a track “Young Spruce and Wires”
A style without definition, amber ales range from bland, vaguelly caramelly beers to products with a fairly healthy malt and hop balance. Often the differentiation between a quality amber and an American Pale is that the amber might have more dark malt character, or a less assertive hop rate
India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine