Friday, June 22, 2012

Leech Lake Brewing Blindside Pale Ale

The Leech Lake Brewing Company is in Walker, Minnesota.  Why?  According to the bottle "Because paradise requires a brewery."  "A lake of beer...handcrafted, one small batch at a time."  This beer is bottle-conditioned, 6.5% ABV and features a flipping wakeboarder on the bottle.

The beer pours a dark copper, amber and burnt orange in color.  There is a generous head of thick and creamy foam that is off-white in color.  The aroma is mild, lightly malty with a light, tart fruitiness and yeastiness.  The taste is sour and tart on top of a mild bed of roasted maltiness.  The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.  This beer is confusing to me.  It is not a hop forward American pale ale, it is not a more reserved British style pale ale.  Its yeasty tartness is more akin to some kind of Belgian style ale.  I just don't get what this beer is supposed to be.

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