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New Holland Full Circle Kölsch-Style Ale

Beer: Kölsch-Style Ale
Brewery: 
Ful Circle
Style: Kölsch
ABV: 4.9%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Slightly cloudy, golden body with a large fluffy head that recedes to small bubbly rim.

Smell: Crisp, metallic aroma with a hint of alcohol, spice, raisins, and sparkling apple cider.

Flavor: Mellow, underwhelming flavor compared to its smell. Some might not agree, but there is a slight glue and cleaning product flavor.

Feel: Medium, creamy body with low carbonation. Quite a strange mouthfeel for the style.

Concluding Remark: Well, this is my first go at an American Kölsch-style ale, and really, what was I expecting from a German beer made solely for drinking at ein brauhaus? I’m nowhere near Cologne right now, and on a slow night in suburban New Jersey, seemingly even farther away from a beer garden. While drinking some beers evoke memories of beer halls and debauched nights in Germany, Full Circle’s Kölsch just reminds me of drinking an unmemorable beer. Which means I’m reminded of nothing and instead painfully aware of my present, which consists of drinking this average beverage.

So, it’s totally not a bad beer–it does capture the sweetness and subtle malt flavors of a standard Kölsch. However, it falls short of what makes the style so drinkable: its exceptionally crisp, fresh, and light qualities. Oh well. Stick with the authentic brews certified under the Kölsch Konvetion. That is all.

*Ironically, I drank this beer before I photographed it while waiting for my camera to charge because I was just so gosh darn excited to try it and clearly couldn’t contain myself. Not worth it.

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Flying Fish Red Fish

Beer: Red Fish
Brewery:
 Flying Fish Brewing Company
Style: American Red Ale
ABV: 7.0%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Deep copper body with a huge foamy beige head. Like the Shark Attack, Red Fish is brimming with yeast particulates. Ick. It looks like there’s a gang of hyperactive plankton in there.

Smell: The nose on this ale is impressively complex. Like My Bloody Valentine, there are wafts of juicy, citrus hops followed by a sweet milk chocolate malt aroma.

Flavor: This is one snappy fish. There is an overpowering bitterness from a grapefruit flavor that is only somewhat balanced by a burnt, bakers chocolate taste from the malts. As I keep drinking it, this bizarre grapefruit chocolate combination starts to make sense.

Feel: Medium body with intense carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Shark Attack, Red Fish…what is it about Red Ales that screams “I’M A SEA CREATURE”?  I’m comfortable letting that provocative question disappear into the deep blue sea. Though, the more I drink Red Fish, the more it begins to taste like a bitter, salty gulp of ocean water. Flying Fish douses their Red Ale with three types of hops:  Chinook, Columbus, and Cascade. The Cascade provides that grapefruit citrus flavor, while the salty, earthy  taste is attributed to the Chinook and Columbus hops. All in all, this is not for those who fear a turbulent tsunami of bitter hops. An intense ale, East Coast Flying Fish from New Jersey does a decent West Coast-style Red Ale. Bravo, dudes.

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New Belgium Fat Tire

Beer: Fat Tire Amber Ale
Brewery:
 New Belgium Brewing Company
Style: American Amber Ale
ABV: 5.2%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Broomfield, Colorado
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Crystal clear golden body with a frothy white head.

Smell: Sweet, apple-cinnamon aroma with a slightly metallic smell.

Flavor: Bread and toast malt flavor that is subtly balanced with some mellow hops.

Feel: Thin, creamy body with intense carbonation.

Concluding Remark: New Belgium Brewing Company produced the first Fat Tire Amber Ale over 20 years ago. Known for their European-style beers, New Belgium has here a pleasantly balanced Amber Ale. Missing are the in-your-face hop flavors that dominate many beers of this style. Instead, Fat Tire tastes like a German lager crossed with an English Brown Ale. This comes as no shock, as the main malt is the Munich malt (star of the German lager) and the hops are those often used in English-style ales (Williamette, Golding, and Target). The result is a well-balanced Amber Ale that lacks the dynamism of its tastier peers, but is nevertheless a solid ale for any evening.

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