Thursday, October 10, 2013

Trout River Hoppin' Mad Trout

I sampled this last week along with Trout River's Scottish style ale. I was not exactly impressed with either of the beers, of which were purchased at the Winooski Beverage warehouse just two weeks ago. Thanks to Janna and Dan to having me down at their cottage in Ludlow, VT. I was still able to take a few notes and sample some good beers during my weekend getaway.

Alcohol Content: ~5.0% (not verified)
IBU: ?
Malts: ?
Hops: ?

Price: $9.00/ 6-pack
Medium: 12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass

Aroma: Toasted malt body is semi-sweet, like cereal grains such as a grainy bread-crust. Hops are not the showcase, perhaps too cold or due to aging. They hide a light floral, perfumey aroma. Diacetyl noted as caramel (not from grain) or toffee/ butterscotch notes and are unwanted. Fruity esters potentially mask the hop character as well, but the malt backbone is still apparent.
Appearance: Crooked label and no brew date. Effervescent bubbling subsides after about a minute. Moderately hazy golden amber with an orange glow. Off-white head with poor retention. Bubbles stick to the sides of the glass - dirty/ dusty.
Flavor: Toasted malt sweetness. Balanced more towards malty sweetness, with notes of caramel and toasted grain. Diacetyl distinguishable from the caramel malt flavors. No real hop presence in flavors, besides light perfume-like character/ geranium flowers. Slightly unpleasant metallic off-flavor from bottle.
Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation that falls out of solution and makes the beer seem flat after a couple of minutes. Diacetyl slickness about mid palate and lingers on the roof of the mouth. Mildly acrid or harsh bitterness from hops. Finish and aftertaste are dry. Not quite clean, probably from lack of balance and off-flavors.
Overall Impression: A lighter style ale for the warmer months, with not as much of a hop presence as the name suggests. Bitterness is still very apparent but I feel the hop aroma and flavor may have been altered with potential age. No date on the bottle label. Brewing date is a must (not a fresh by date, as some beers are appropriate for aging).

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