Sunday, April 1, 2012

White Birch: Night Falls

Type: American Wild Ale
Origin: Hooksett, NH
Price: $8/750 mL
ABV: 7.5%
NSP: 7.03 (unscaled)

Another beer from a small craft brewery up here in NH. Once again, these guys have delivered a stellar bottle of get your booze on. I was a bit worried when the cork didn't come blasting away, and even needed some coercion, but there was a nice pop when I finally wormed it out. It pours with a pretty thin head, and a fairly dark color I'd typically expect from a porter.

On the tongue, this ale is a nice full bodied brew with a touch of sweetness and a solid grip of sour which hits nicely. There's just a hint of bitter on the back, but otherwise you'd never know there are any hops in there. The barrel flavor isn't really there unless you're looking for it, but the beer tastes fine even without. I'm not the most acquainted with wild ales, but if they're all like this one, I'll definitely be coming back soon. Among the sours I've had, I'd rank this one right up there with Vichtenaar and the Philadelphia Monk Cafe house sour, two other sours I've thoroughly enjoyed.

And oh yeah, that's right: bottle 53 of 156. These guys are into small batches, which means you might not ever get a chance to sample this one, but if you do run into a bottle of white birch on the shelf and are in the mood for some fine flavor, dig in. Also, if you are a bear-o-dactyl lounging and in need of a brew, hit this one up, and then get your enchanting thong ready.

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