Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Local Option Blood Ov the Kings

This is a 6.0% ABV wheat ale named after the 1631 invasion of Germany by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. The bottles are brewed and bottled by Pub Dog Brewing in Westminster, Maryland, but Local Option is a pub from Chicago, Illinois, with their own brewing division called Bierwerker.

The beer pours a dark amber in color, a bit hazed, with a tall and very thick head of light tan foam. The aroma is yeasty, malty, earthy, tangy. The taste is toasted malt and grain, lightly fruity, yeasty, and quite bitter. It is medium bodied and crisply carbonated. This is an interesting beer, like a mish-mash of an ESB, a bit of Maibock, a Belgian golden ale, with the bitterness of an IPA. It all works and is tasty and worth trying. 

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