Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale - Advent Calendar Day 7

The first week of this year's Beer Advent Calendar is wrapping up with this Nordic Pale Ale from Kissmeyer Beer.
5.6% alcohol, 30 IBUs

Hazy medium yellow with a medium beige head. Right off the bat you get lots of white grapefruit aromas from this. Behind that there's a touch of white flowers, oranges, and pine, and behind that some caramel and dried herbs. Very pretty aromas. The taste is crisp and bright with the grapefruit and pine dominating. Very clean crisp finish. I'm a fan.

Reading the web site after the tasting, I see that this beer "features a unique northern-inspired medley of ingredients. Sweet Gale, Yarrow, Dried Heather Flowers, Rose Hips, and Cranberries comprise its balanced fruit-and-herb bouquet, while a Maple-Syrup addition rounds out the complex character of the beer". Wow. I have to say that even given my background, I can't pick up most of that in the aroma. Sheena picked up a bit of cranberry, but that's it. I like to think it's that it all becomes blended and intertwined creating new aromas. It really is a pretty beer.

Kissmeyer Beer is one of the Beau's "B-Sides" beers, produced in conjunction with guest brewers. The style of this harkens back to the time before beer was generally limited to only hops as the herbal addition.

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