Sunday, December 18, 2016

Small Town Brewery Not Your Father's Taproom Cherry Ale

Beer Name: Not Your Father's Taproom Cherry Ale
Brewery: Small Town Brewery (Wauconda, IL; La Crosse, WI; Woodinville, WA)
ABV: 8.5%
How sold: 12 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $2.49 for a 12 oz bottle

Date Purchased: December 3, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: December 6, 2016
When brewed? Limited-time bottle release. Released November 2016.

What's on the Website/Bottle: "This locally made, limited-edition brew is brought to you by Not Your Father's Taproom, where we brew small batches of traditional craft beers using only the highest quality ingredients. We you'll enjoy it, we do." Read more here!

Where distributed: Small Town Brewery started distribution of Taproom Cherry Ale in Oregon and Washington. Find out if Small Town Brewery will ship this to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear reddish/amber into a pint glass. Light tan head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tart and slight sweet cherry and cranberry. Subsequent whiffs make it smell more like a cranberry cider. 4/5

Taste (40%): Cherry experience from start to finish. The flavors stay otherwise subdued and it never gets overwhelmingly tart or sour. The tartness is unmistakably there, though. Again, it's fine for what it is. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied; good carbonation. Slightly dry tongue, yet also a syrupy coat of sorts will form. 4/5

Overall (20%): A good ale. I again fully admit that a tart or sour fruit beer is usually not my cup of tea, but I wanted to try this anyway for science. People who are fans of the aforementioned tart/sour fruit beers should enjoy this, especially if a fan of cherry flavors. I'm largely indifferent to such ales, but again drank the entire bottle. Nice to see Small Town Brewery branch out from the craft hard sodas and into craft beers. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.763/5

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