Monday, October 21, 2013

Alessie Ale

I was recently at Two Roads Brewery to enjoy some brews with good friends.  On tap was a new beer called Alessie Ale.

The beer was brewed in honor of Bruce Alessie - a local civic leader, politician and philanthropist - who recently passed away.

Just as Bruce had a special place in the hearts of many in the community,  he was near and dear to Two Roads Brewery.

Bruce Alessie, who was head of the business development office for the town of Stratford, welcomed Two Roads to Stratford with open arms.  He helped and encouraged them as they sought a place in the town; guiding the effort with advice on how to work with town and state officials to make the dream of establishing the brewery a reality. He became a good friend along the the way.

The folks at Two Roads wanted to honor the man who came to mean a so much to them. They did it in a way that they do best.

Alessie Ale (6% ABV) is an American Brown Ale.

It pours a rich chestnut brown with a dense off-white head that leaves behind loose lacing.

The aroma is of dark roasted malts and a surprising burst of hops.

The flavor is classic brown ale with a kick. It is gently sweet, roasty, and malty; which is to be expected. This is followed by a solid bite of bitter hops that add new dimension to an otherwise average style of beer. The finish is dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with nice carbonation.

This is a good example of an American style brown ale with a nice bite of hops.

Overall: good.

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