This next beer found its why into my fridge courtesy of the singles section at my local grocery store.
Beer Name: Ishmael
Brewery: Rising Tide Brewing Company (Portland, ME)
Style: Copper Ale
Description: An altbier/amber ale/copper ale concoction named for the protagonist of Moby Dick. Read all about the recipe and why the brewers categorize this the way they do here.
Appearance: Poured out the can to a copper colored, cloudy yet see-through body. Across the top there was a half-finger of slightly off-white foam.
Smell: Mild to moderate aromas of sweet malt.
Taste: Sweet and malty upfront, featuring some nice caramel notes followed by a mild yeasty presence. The ending bought on a light amount of bitterness in the form of earthy/piney hops
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth, mildly carbonated finish.
Hype: None really, though I was rather curious to see how this one would turn out. I remember drinking this being a beer fest staple back in my early days of getting into beer so I was interested to see what I thought of it now.
Overall: I liked this. It didn’t necessarily “wow” me, but it deliver exactly what I hoped to get out of it. Nice smooth malt flavor with a little bit of bitterness on the end, this relatively low ABV offering was a good beer to unwind with.