Saturday, January 8, 2011

Potosi Brewing Company - Snake Hollow IPA; Gandy Dancer Porter; Wee Stein Wit

The Potosi Brewing Company is in Potosi, Wisconsin.  All of their profits go to charity, according to the bottle, although said charities would appear to be the Potosi Brewery Foundation and National Brewery Museum.  The brewery is also home to the National Brewery Museum.  The Potosi Brewery originally brewed from 1852 until 1972 when it was shuttered.  The brewery was slowly revived starting in 1995.

Snake Hollow India Pale Ale - This 7.0% ABV beer pours copper in color with a thin, but lingering, head that leaves medium lacing on the glass.  The aroma is hop forward with both citrus and pine.  The taste is pine with a touch of citrus peel mounted on a fairly intensely flavored malt background.  The malt tastes of rye.  The beer drinks easy for its intense taste and alcohol content and finishes bitter and dry.  If you like your IPA on a very solid malt back, then this one is for you.  If you like your IPA totally hoppy-fruit forward, then the malt here might be too intense for you.

Gandy Dancer Porter - This 6.0% ABV beer pours black in color.  The aroma is fairly light, with some roasted malt, cocoa and vanilla.  The taste is also fairly mild for a porter and follows the aroma, with a bitter finish.

Wee Stein Wit - This 5.5% ABV beer is a Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with spices.  The beer pours a pale golden yellow, slightly hazy with almost no head.  The aroma is wheat malt, yeast, spices, mostly clove and orange peel.  The taste is very yeasty.  Good if you like yeast forward beers.

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