The Season of the Warmer is upon us! Yay! I love winter brews, as long as they don't taste like pumpkin pie. To me, a perfect winter ale is reminiscent of of my favorite year-round beers, with just a bit more flavor and tad more action-packed. And by action-packed, I do mean packed with al-cee-hol. That's why they calls 'em warmers, son.
I was excited to find a bomber of Worthy Brewing Company's Powder Keg Winter Ale in the cold case at New Seasons the other day. It was reasonably priced at $4.99 and the label proclaimed an ABV of 7.1% and IBU's at 65. The label also said the beer was brewed with a "Centennial/Chinook & Cascade/Columbus combo" which sounds awesome! Love those C's! How was it? I thought you'd never ask!
The beer poured into my pint glass a golden, orange-amber color with an off-white head. The head rose up to more than an inch tall and dissipated slowly. Copious amounts of sudsy, clumpy foam was left behind.
Aroma was citrus hops up front. Orange and grapefruit. Nutty, biscuity, caramel malt. A bit of pine resin. Floral notes.
Taste followed the nose. Orange peel with a nice spicy bite. Good hops bitterness to off-set the sweet malt. A little earthy. No booze detected.
Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very well balanced. Hops and malt flavors left behind a creamy finish.
Overall, this is an excellent beer. Lots of flavor without being too sweet or excessively bitter. It's an easy drink for a beer with an ABV over 7%. I like it and will purchase again. I'm giving Powder Keg a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie. Merry the Wonder Beagle would have given her left paw for a sip of this beer.