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Despite the stubborn tenacity of wintry weather in my area, it seems that my preferences in beer are gradually drifting away from big stouts for the time being.  Looks like hoppy red ales are becoming my go to style of late-winter/early spring.

Beer Name: Panama Red Ale

Brewery: Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company (Lyman, Maine)

Style: Red Ale

ABV: 7.5%

Description: Listed as a red ale brewed to provide a balance of bready caramel malts and Centennial hops.  Read all about here on the brewery website.

Appearance: Poured a murky, deep-red/amber body with light tan foam up top. Some sediment could be seen floating in the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt on top of a sticky hop bitterness.

Taste: Started out with a solid backbone of creamy caramel malts combined with a slight bit of citrus sweetness on the edges.  The finish brought on a slightly more than moderate amount of bitterness in the form of grapefruit and a blend of spicy and floral hops.  A mild hop presence and crackery malt tastes lingered a for a few seconds post-sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with a roughly moderate amount of carbonation.

Hype: Another situation where any hype involved was more of a personal thing.  I’ve officially started hunting down red IPAs again and the guy in the beer store mentioned this was a good one.

Overall: I was quite pleased with this one.  Although I tend to prefer piney hops with my caramel malts, this particular blend of floral hops really worked for me.  Definitely going to seek out more.