Sunday, October 13, 2013

Oakshire Brewing - Ill-Tempered Gnome 2013

Gnome, sweet gnome.
I reviewed the 2012 version of Oakshire Brewing's Ill-Tempered Gnome last here. Check it out here.

One thing about seasonal beers is that while they may have the same name, they may be a completely different taste experience than the previous year's version. Such is the case with the 2013 Ill-Tempered Gnome.

This Winter brew is an American Brown Ale with an ABV or 6.8%. Not quite enough alcohol to count as a Winter Warmer in my book, but it's still a welcome addition to the holiday season around my house.

The beer poured into my pint glass a clear, deep brown color with reddish amber hues. The light tan head was about a 1/4 inch high and dissipated quickly. A light ring of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was sweet, earthy, toasted malt. Spice and mild, citrus hops.

Taste was big on the malt flavor up front. Different than last year's version was the big, bitter hops pucker. Indistinct citrus and pine. Chocolate and herbal spice in the background.

Medium mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Smooth finish with the hops bitterness magnified at the end. Interesting. The taste left on the palate was more IPA-like than anything else.

There appeared to be a lot more flavor and a lot more hops involvement in the flavor profile of the 2013 Ill-Tempered Gnome than I remember from last year. I like it a lot more. I'm giving 2013 Ill-Tempered Gnome a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

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