Sunday, December 9, 2018

SingleSpeed Arctic Fox

This 6.0% ABV Norwegian Pale Ale is from SingleSpeed Brewing of Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa. It is Effort 002 in their Nimble Series of experimental one-offs.

The beer pours a lightly hazed dark yellow golden in color. There is a white foaming head. The aroma is fruity, melons and blueberry, with an interesting fruity tart note. The taste follows the aromas, fruity, melons, a touch tart, with some pine needles. Some tropical notes come in later. The bitterness is mild, especially for the style. The beer drinks easy, with a fine, yet crisp carbonation.

Alaskan Cranberry Tart

This 5.8% ABV ale made with cranberries and spruce tips is from the Alaskan Brewing Company of Juneau, Alaska.

The beer pours a clear dark golden with red tints. There is a relatively short head of white to off-white foam. The aroma is tart cranberries, with just a touch of spruce. The cranberry in the aroma is tart, the cranberry in the taste is much more of a sweet fruit, the spruce is again present, but quite subdued. The finish is part sweet and party dry, with very little bitterness. The beer drinks with a medium body and moderate carbonation.