High Wa­ter Brew­ing Rio d’oro

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Golden And Tripel Ale -

LOC: San Le­an­dro, Cal­i­for­nia ABV: 8.5% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“Rio d’oro (River of Gold) is brewed with Bel­gian Pil­sner and caramel malts, Styr­ian Gold­ing hops, and Bel­gian yeast from East Flan­ders. This trea­sure glit­ters with aro­mas of trop­i­cal fruits and a dry ef­fer­ves­cent fin­ish.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Golden Gra­hams ce­real and honey. Slight notes of cit­rus in the back with notes of pear and ap­ple. Some flo­ral/earthy spice notes add com­plex­ity. This is beer, right? Seems more like a sweet cider on the nose.” Fla­vor: “Very sweet up front. Honey and a bit of caramel carry through­out the whole taste with cit­rus and spice in the back­ground, but not bal­anced. Light hops bit­ter­ness to­ward the end of the sip but sweet over­all.” Over­all: “There’s a nice or­ange and bready malt char­ac­ter in the back­ground with a dry fin­ish af­ter the ini­tial sweet­ness in the fla­vor. A touch more car­bon­a­tion would keep the sweet­ness in check.”

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