Wednesday, January 1, 2014
North Peak Blitzen Festivus Ale (6/10)
It pours a clear dark brown, looking much like a cola.
The aroma contains coffee and mild hops.
The flavor follows the aroma, also consisting of coffee and hops, and ending with a dark roasted grain bitterness. There’s not much of the spice or fruit flavoring you might expect from a holiday ale, and the usual sweetness of the winter warmer style is more than offset by the hops load in this one.
Beer Advocate rates it 81/100 or “good” with 27 ratings. Rate Beer gives it a 71 overall. I give it only a 6 overall, as I think the beer is too bitter for the style.
I tried this beer on draft at The Daily Growler, but the bottled version should be available from local retailers (though I’ve not seen it yet).
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Bitter and slightly dry
Spice Level: Minimal
Hops Level: Medium
Dominant Flavors: Coffee and hops bitterness
My Rating: 6/10