Style: Spice Beer
ABV: 5.5 IBU: 35
Snowbank Brewing Cranknbrew
What the brewers say
“Crisp and clean pale ale infused with a powerful dose of fresh, locally roasted coffee.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Lots and lots of coffee. Oily and thick, with plenty of dark roast depth as well as a distinct green pepper smell. Mild caramel sweetness, not much in the way of hops character.”
Flavor: “Lots of coffee and little beer—this beer really is about coffee, first and foremost. There’s a slight chocolate character with nice caramel and toast notes if you go digging for them. The finish has hints of vanilla, could probably stand to be a bit more bitter. Hops selection worked well to highlight the positive complexity of coffee’s green pepper flavors.”
Overall: “It’s a complete coffee bomb, and if that’s your thing, cool. The base beer is overshadowed, so just be ready for all coffee, all the time.”
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