Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Iceberg Strong Pale Ale (Spinnaker's)

I learned lots of interesting stuff about the craft brewing industry whilst having a pint with the VIB guys. Some of it good, some of it bad and some not to be repeated. It might spoil peoples' vision about certain craft breweries. What I will tell you is that if the cask ale served at the Beagle Pub tonight came in bottles, I would buy several six packs. Well done Chris, it was delicious. The new beers from Phillips will be out soon, and I hear some of them are pretty good. Hopefully I can review them before that DamnBeerBlog guy. That is the correct blog name so I am not being rude. The Surly Blonde Ale will be sorely missed; I personally enjoyed the nail polish nose and green apple aftertaste.

Iceberg Strong Pale Ale = 8/10
Ratebeer 3.29 65th percentile
Beer Advocate A

I picked this up recently at the brewpub. The nose of truly effulgent with the hops (floral, pine and slight citrus). Despite the light soapiness and faint vegetal, I really liked this beer. The big florals up front gave way to lesser pine and citrus followings. The malts were very light with honey and dry grass. After it left the mouth, your scrapped tongue was painted with a hop head delight. It was all floral and pine hops. I take back, almost everything, bad said about Spinnaker's beers.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +1
Alcohol Content +1 6%
Value +1
Appearance +1 (fun label, elegant colour and nice lacing)

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