Sunday, November 25, 2012

Real Ale Sisyphus ....

Today I will have a 2012 Sisyphus, Barleywine Style Ale, from Real Ale Brewing Company.  Twelve ounce bottle.  Their web site shows 10% ABV and 77 IBUs.

Sisyphus poured with a small, creamy beige colored head.  Beer color is a hazy, orange-y amber and there is a good amount of fine sediment.  When I first opened it, the aroma had some citrus rind and pine.  But after sitting in the glass, I am not getting much citrus/pine - more of a sweet fruit quality similar to what you see in a lot of imperial IPAs.  The taste has a definite boozy quality to it.  There is some caramel, sweetness, fruit, mild bitterness.  Alcohol warmth on the swallow.  The aftertaste leaves you with a little of the bitter.  This is similar to an imperial IPA, but leaning more towards the malt - the hops are more balanced and not dominant.    

Real Ale Brewing Company
Blanco, Texas

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