Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Deuce

I was at my favorite Trading Post in Woodbridge and so, since I was in the area, I decided to pop into New England Brewing Company to get a growler fill up.

While waiting for my fill up I sampled a few NEBCO brews - Coriolis, Fat-10-er #4, and Fat-10-er #5.

The growler was nearly topped off and samples consumed when Craig (bald/bearded dude) presented a can of The Deuce to me with a flourish and poured a sample. Wow! What a fantasmicly unexpected surprise!

The Deuce is a Canlaboration between Oskar Blues and Sun King Brewery. It is a limited edition American Brown Ale brewed with ingredients from each brewers home state - Colorado and Indiana, respectively - Colorado Malting Company’s Belgian Pale Malt and Riehle’s popcorn, respectively.

This is no ordinary American Brown Ale made with popcorn. Like that's ordinary. No. It is also hopped, hopped, then dry hopped with Galaxy Hops. So, what's in the can is a hopped up brown ale that truly does not suck.

The Deuce (7.00% ABV) pours a deep dark brown with an off white head that leaves behind a ring of foam that clings to the edge of the glass.

The aroma is burst of citrus hops, yeast, and malt.

The taste is hop forward - citrus and juicy tropical fruits.   Sweet chocolaty malts offset some of the bitterness and bready yeast adds character.

The mouth feel is medium and somewhat thin with good carbonation.

I like The Deuce. It's a flavorsum twist on a traditional brown ale. Yum!

Overall: very good

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