Friday, November 18, 2011

Imperial Jack Double IPA; Thumper American IPA; Mystical Jack Traditional Ale

From the Rhinelander Brewing Company of Monroe, Wisconsin (Minhas Craft Brewery).

Imperial Jack - This 8.5% ABV beer pours a glowing amber-orange in color, somewhat hazy.  There is a quarter-inch of thick off-white foamy head.  The aroma is zesty, floral, some stone fruit, and a burnt caramel maltiness.  The taste is malty and fruity, with an herbal zestiness.  Not a hop forward IPA, drinkable, but not great.

Thumper American IPA - This 6.8% ABV beer pours a very dark copper and burnt orange in color.  There is a tall half-inch of thick and creamy foam, off-white in color.  The aroma is somewhat spicy, pungent old orange peels, and a touch of over-ripe tropical fruit.  The taste is caramel and old orange peels.  Somewhat bitter on the finish.  Not a good example of an American IPA.

Mystical Jack Traditional Ale - This 7.0% ABV beer is inspired by the Jackalope.  According to the bottle, "is this beer for real?"  Well, let's see.  The beer pours extremely dark brown to black in color.  There is a quarter inch of light brown head.  The aroma is sweet, dark caramel and raisins.  The taste is dark roasted malt, burnt caramel, sweet, but relatively light drinking.

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