27 January 2009

Beer Review, Third Coast Old Ale

Bell's Third Coast Old Ale
Comstock, MI
10.2% ABV

My 300th beer review.

Appearance: Opaque brown body, thick khaki-colored head that dissipates quickly. 4.0/5

Smell: Very sweet, citrusy. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple. Strongly yeasty, astringent with alcohol. An interesting and deep aroma with plenty of unexpected notes that nonetheless are intriguing. 4.5/5

Taste: Very "hot" with alcohol, beneath which are intense hops and a malty backbone. Sweet, dry on the finish. Leaves a somewhat fruity and dry aftertaste. 4.0/5

Mouthfeel: Thick, with moderate carbonation and a strong hoppiness. 4.0/5

Drinkability: I like this beer fresh, but I'd be fascinated to see how well it ages. I may cellar a few for a year or two to see if the alcohol becomes less prominent over time. 4.0/5

Overall: 4.1/5

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