For the second night in a row we have a guest reviewer on Lost in the beer aisle. Tonight’s writer is Andy the Beerman. You’ll probably notice that he’s a little more experienced in the ways of the beer than you or I am. Make no mistake: although knowledgeable, he’s no beer snob (otherwise you wouldn’t find him here!). Please take a minute to check out his blog as well as his twitter page. Thanks for the review Andy!!!
I recently had the pleasure of tasting the new winter seasonal from venerable Portland, OR brewery Widmer Brothers; Brrr. This was the complimentary beer of the month on Alaska Airlines! I’m not usually a big fan of Widmer’s offerings, and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to get.
Described in the in flight magazine as a “moderately high alcohol winter warmer with a distinctive hop presence” I took it with a grain of salt. Let’s say I was more than pleasantly surprised! The Brrr pours a nice tawny copper color with a moderate to light off-white head. What impressed me the most was the wonderful hop aroma emanating from my glass! Lots of big citrus notes, with a very faint alcohol tinge. Big malty flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness that I did not expect. Very nice mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. According to Widmer’s website, the Brrr packs 50 IBUS from Alchemy, Cascade and Simcoe hops. The grain bill consists of Pale, Caramel, Munich, Carapils (for body) and a hint of Chocolate malt. The 7.2% ABV was masked very well by the hops and malt bill.
The closest comparison I can come up with to any other beer is to think of Brrr as a hoppier Jubelale. Similar malt character, but the hop presence in the Brrr is simply stellar!
As of today, Brrr has taken its place atop my list of new Winter favorites.
Editorial note: Andy makes reference to Junelale, which is an offering from Deschutes Brewery. I had to google it, so I thought I would share.