We continued our blind tastings from the Nita Brewery Beer Calendar.
Dec 17: (far left) This beer was straw yellow in colour, with a very slight haze. The nose was light with a “corn sweetness” and hints of apple. The taste was light with mild bitterness that lingered on the aftertaste. We also detected a slight sulphur taste/smell (think old-fashioned matches), which is a characteristic of many lagers. the taste was fairly light, so we guessed a light lager, probably around 4.5% alcohol. Some thought that is might be a cream ale instead.
And the answer is: Broadhead Brewery Broadhead Light, which is a light lager with 3.5% ABV.
Dec 18: This beer was a lovely dark brown colour with a light tan head and a nose of hazelnut. The taste was rich and smooth, with notes of hazelnut. We all thought this was a lovely easy drinking ale for winter, or any other time of the year. We didn’t have to guess about this one because Wes immediately spotted it as Brew Revolution’s contribution to the beer calendar.
And the answer is: Brew Revolution Renegades of Dunk, a Roasted Hazelnut Dunkel at 5.5% ABV.
Dec 19: This beer was a clear golden yellow with a nose of orange, bubblegum, and phenol. We tasted orange, cloves, and phenol, which led us to guess it was an American Witbeer at about 5.5% ABV.
And the answer is: People’s Pint Brewing Company Alpine Hefe, which lists the style as Alpine Wheat with an ABV of 5.2%. (I’m calling that one a “hit”.)
Dec 20: This beer was a hazy golden orange colour. The nose had candied orange notes and sweetness, but also hints of lemon. We tasted caramel, orange, and cloves with a light bitterness on the finish to balance the sweetness. We guessed a Belgian ale at 5.5% alcohol.
And the answer is: Common Good Beer Company Civic Pride British IPA at 6.0% ABV. The tasting notes mention citrus and caramel with an IBU of 50, so we had things about right, but we missed it when we were guessing.