Saturday, May 14, 2011

OCB Series - Railway City Brewing Company – Dead Elephant Ale

6.8% ABV
IBU's 44.6

"A full bodied golden Pale Ale which pours with a linen white medium density head leaving spider web lace on the glass.
On the palate the flavour is sweet fruity malts up front (apricot, mango) with a bit of candy, and slight grassy notes which fall away to reveal a hint of biscuit with rather pleasant grapefruit and perfume undertones.
This is a hop bomb, there is no doubt. To the nose there is a mild malt aroma which accentuates the robust floral bouquet which is derived from the hops.
Medium full bodied ale with pleasant lingering hop finish."


the Look: nice, deep golden colour out of the bottle to a slightly larger bubbled head, faded quickly.


the Smell: spicy notes on the nose, very pleasant

the Taste: full flavour, hoppy, but not overdone, lingers well on the back of your tongue, a slight metallic aftertaste, but nothing concerning. Generally enjoyable.

the Feel: perfect moderate feel, not too heavy for the flavour, not to light for the aroma.

Overall: a very pleasant, drinkable beer that I fully enjoy every time I pick up a growler. While I wouldn’t call it a “hop bomb” al la Hopslam, it’s a tasty alternative, and a good stage two beer for those used to drinking the large breweries offerings. I think it would go well with roasted game and flavourful barbecued meats.

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