Saturday, January 8, 2011

Gray's Brewing Company

Gray's Brewing Company is in Janesville, Wisconsin and is one of the oldest family owned breweries in the United States, starting back in 1856.  However, it took a hiatus from beer from 1912 until 1994, during which time it produced only soda.  The plant was destroyed by arson in 1994 and when they rebuilt they decided to add beer back into their production line.  They do still also make soft drinks.

Busted Knuckle Irish Style Ale - This beer pours a cloudy reddish amber in color with a large, but rapidly dissipating head of light tan foam.  The aroma is bright and yeasty, with malt and crisp fall apples.  The taste is fruity, plums and apples.  This beer is tasty, but does not strike me as an Irish style ale.  It is way too yeasty and fruity to my taste to qualify for its moniker.  I do love the label, they should make a push to sell this in South Bend, Indiana during football season.  It would fly off the shelf by the lable alone.

Honey Ale - "All Buzz, No Bite"  This beer pours honey golden in color.  The aroma is sweet tart, you get the sweetness of the honey, some green apple, and a tart hoppiness.  The taste is sweet, malty, light, crisp and refreshing.  This is a really nice light honey beer.  If you like the style, make sure to check this one out.

Oatmeal Stout - "Big. Black. Bold."  This beer pours a pure, dense black in color.  The aroma has the common American stout characteristic of being sweet yet tart at the same time.  There is some dark roasted malt apparent.  The taste is strong dark roasted malt, with a touch of sweetness and a twangy tang at the end, then a bitter coffee finish.

Bully Porter - This has Fred the bulldog on the bottle.  The beer pours opaque black.  The aroma is dark roasted malt, with some coffee and dark cocoa and a slight sharp tang at the end.  The taste follows the aroma, the coffee is deeper and richer in the taste, and the finish is not sharp or sour but coffee bitter.  If you like a deep rich porter, you'll like this one.

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