Saturday, March 17, 2012

Okoboji Brewing Company - Boji Beach Golden Rye Ale; Boji Blue Pale Ale; Midwest Charm Farmhouse Ale

The Okoboji Brewing Company is a new brewpub in progress in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  While they wait to get up and running at their location, they have already released some canned beers that were contract brewed for them (Boji Craft Beers) by the Great River Brewery in Davenport, Iowa.

Boji Beach Golden Rye Ale - This 5.0% ABV beer pours a dark golden yellow, getting a touch of orange, in color with a tall and long-lasting half-inch of thick, white, foamy head that adds a nice creamy touch to the beer.  The aroma is floral and grassy, a touch of sweetness, and a note of the rye, and sun tea with lemon.  The taste is deep rich grain, a touch of rye, flowers and grass, a touch of honey-yeast-floral sweetness, but with enough bitterness to finish dry and crisp.  There is also the sun tea with light lemon apparent in the flavor as well.  This is a good and flavorful American pilsner-like golden ale.

Boji Blue Pale Ale - This 5.0% ABV beer pours a deep copper and amber colored, with a tall quarter-inch of thick and creamy off-white head.  The aroma is malty, roasted, toasted, nutty and caramel, with some sun tea with lemon and a bit of orange.  The taste follows all the aromas, with primarily a deep rich maltiness, roasted and toasted, nutty and caramel, with an immediate second wave of hop bitterness that makes it finish crisp, dry and bitter.  This is a good English style pale ale.

Midwest Charm Farmhouse Ale - This 6.0% ABV beer pours copper, amber and dark orange in color, yet bright.  There is a thick, creamy head of foam, off-white to very light brown in color. The aroma is true to the style, very yeasty, with lots of estery fruits, overripe tropical fruits and melons, and a touch of banana.  The taste follows the aromas, lots of spice notes, and a moderately bitter finish.  If you like this style, this is a good one, but for me personally I am not a fan of yeast forward beers, they just aren't to my taste.

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