750ml bottle; Slouch Cave and Hordeum Ranch, via Skype, at a time right before it was fucked up even more by Microsoft. (OH: “I can’t believe Microsoft paid 8 billion dollars for Skype… I get it for free!)
Hordeum: “Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale,” I suppose every brewery needs one to be viable these days.
Slouch: In other words, Brown Ale?
Hordeum: Thats a good lookin’ beer. Dark, sooty brown, a little cloudy.
Slouch: This is what Newcastle looks like in heaven.
Hordeum: This is what Newcastle looks like in hell.
Slouch: Huge tan head threatening to spill over after an aggressive pour. Starting to diminish somewhat, but not without a fight. It’s like watching a jellyfish suffocate on the beach.
Hordeum: A fruit fly just landed in mine. I guess that means its summer. Down the hatch little guy!
Slouch: He’ll do it too- that Hordeum S.O.B. is crazy…
Hordeum: … or just too lazy to pick it out.
Slouch: In your best Borat: “very nice!”
Hordeum: I’m not getting that much, but mine is a little too cold right now. Some chocolate, some hops but underwhelming.
Slouch: Yeah, it smells like a Brown Ale. Some brown sugar, maybe a little pepper but it’s not that assertive.
Slouch: Pretty decent brew. There’s certainly nothing not to like, but within this style it becomes hard for a beer to distinguish itself. The rye gives is that spiciness, but this is more approachable than one might think from the description.
Hordeum: The oats add a little bit of that chocolate Oatmeal Stout goodness to the brew. Lots of bittering hops, but not so much of the aromatics that I associate with a good “India Style”.
Hordeum: Pretty smooth, it doesn’t “coat” like many imperials. Goes down easy.
Slouch: Gun to my head, I’d say “medium-mouthfeel”.
Hordeum: If no one told me, I would have guessed this was about 5% ABV.
Slouch: Agreed… would be easy to knock back too much of this one. Potential hangover, thy name is Improvisación. Tread lightly Aleheads.
Three hops. Good beer, but not their best. Read Mashtun Copperpot’s take here.