Southern Tier Brewing Company Grand Arbor
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What the brewers say
We add real maple syrup from our friends at Big Tree Maple. Grand Arbor is hazy pale straw in color with a thick rocky white head and persistent lacing. Aromatically earthy with distinct fruity esters and low-to-moderate noble hop character. Balanced fruity character blends into crisp biscuit notes with a dry tart finish.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Strange herbal character complemented by layers of malt sweetness. Prominent phenols up front. Orange and black pepper with alcohol heat. Spicy yeast character with bananas and maple syrup.”
Flavor: “Sweet honey and syrup alongside lemon citrus. High caramel malt sweetness somewhat balanced with acidity. Light maple character, medium body, and medium bitterness. Dry finish with a carbonic bite.”
Overall: “Very enjoyable, though a bit too sweet. Nice and complex. Balance is skewed toward malt sweetness. Sweet, but surprisingly dry. Gets better as it warms. Jagged.”
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