New­port­storm Rhode Is­land Blue­berry

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Fruit Ale -

ABV: 4.6% | IBUS: 11 | SRM: 9 What the brewer says

“A Kölsch-style beer made with Rhode Is­land blue­ber­ries, pale malt, malted wheat for a soft mouth­feel, and enough Cara malt to en­sure a sweet­ness ev­ery­one will en­joy. Mag­num and English Pil­grim hops bal­ance the beer.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “In­tense ripe fleshy blue­berry, slight to mod­er­ate gra­ham cracker, and vanilla. This re­minds me of Post Blue­berry Morn­ing, a bran ce­real with blue­ber­ries. There’s kind of a honey and toast char­ac­ter, a bit of vanilla, and a low flo­ral hops aroma.” Fla­vor: “Blue­berry, toast, honey, bran. Medium-light body with lightly toasted char­ac­ter and gra­ham cracker/vanilla sweet­ness and com­plex­ity. Slight as­trin­gency on the fin­ish, pos­si­bly from the blue­berry-skin tan­nins. Fruit is for­ward, but not too sweet, and is in bal­ance with the base beer. Light acid­ity, lively on tongue. Lin­ger­ing sweet­ness.” Over­all: “Fun beer that re­minds me of break­fast! The blue­berry comes through nicely, and the malt is re­ally fun. Re­minds me of late sum­mer when the blue­ber­ries ripen on the bush. Re­fresh­ing with­out be­ing sim­ple.”

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