Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Tulip glass
Drinking Establishment: The Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Sight: Dark and opaque, with a thick, creamy tan head that recedes but leaves some lacing.
Scent: No overtly discernible scent. Maybe that of apple cider–but very mild.
Flavor: Very dynamic–apple cider and caramel are the most noted, but there is a slight spice (clove, particularly) in there as well.
Feel: On the thick side, with moderate carbonation.
Concluding remarks: High Point is a New Jersey-based brewery, but its founder, Greg Zaccardi, actually worked as a brewer in southern Germany–so he knows what he’s doing when it comes to German beers. In fact, he uses a special brewer’s yeast that is used exclusively by only a small brewery in Bavaria–and by High Point. Thus, their Ramstein Doppelbock (the strongest High Point beer) is pretty darn authentic. It’s complex–sweet, but spicy, kind of like the beer version of mulled wine–perfect for a winter night, or a cold, rainy April day.