Great South Bay
Fruit and Spice Beer
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This spicy amber ale is ready to warm you up and get you through the cold winter months! This brew is a warm red hue with a dark fruit character, graham cracker-like malt profile, and some really nice balancing anise tons to offset the initial sweetness of the beer. Balanced with a small pop of some more subdued hop varietals, this beer showcases all the big spicy tones that you love in a Holiday brew.
We brewed three contrasting winter ales for the 2019/2020 winter season. This brew is all about the big bold flavors that really help take the chill off the cold winter air with the aromas of Cinammon, Nutmeg, Gloves, and Ginger spicing up the complex malt profile of kilned malts. Another beer “Everything Nice” is brighter, lighter and juicier offering while still maintaining a certain seasonal flavor. Finally, “Kenny Yule Loggins” is a winter warmer we enjoy in the lodge after a fresh powder day on the snowboard or skis.
This beer is going to be a blast with so many different types of food. Holiday Hams with clove and orange glaze will get the spirit flowing. For your cheese pairing, make sure you have some double cream brie and pepper jelly. For dessert, the only thing you need is leftover donut bread pudding with a drizzle of maple syrup.
FRUIT AND SPICE BEER
As with the aroma, the distinctive flavor character associated with the declared fruits and spices should be noticeable and may range in intensity from subtle to aggressive. The balance of fruit and spices with the underlying beer is vital, and the fruit character should not be so artificial and/or inappropriately overpowering as to suggest a spiced fruit juice drink. Hop bitterness, flavor, malt flavors, alcohol content, and fermentation by-products, such as esters, should be appropriate to the base beer and be harmonious and balanced with the distinctive fruit and spice flavors present. Remember that fruit generally adds flavor not sweetness. The sugar found in fruit is usually fully fermented and contributes to lighter flavors and a drier finish than might be expected for the declared base style. However, the residual sweetness is not necessarily a negative characteristic unless it has a raw, unfermented quality. Some SHV(s) are inherently bitter and may result in a beer more bitter than the declared base style.