Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

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Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock – Dead Frog Brewery, 7% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“A haunting golden lager with an inviting hint of blood orange. A warm golden lager with a splash of citrus and slight caress of fruity hop flavour and aroma. Premium European malts and hops result in a brew that’s light in colour but not in body with a perfectly balanced finish.”

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  • Style: (Blood Orange, Helles Bock) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: hoppy bitter pith/peel weedy rough malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: There’s the grim reaper on the label, setting the mood for October. Pours light whiskey brown without much head, a thin layer of micro CO2 retention, lots of clustered active streams.

Nose: faint orange oil, hints of malty sweetness. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: subdued incoming bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) blood orange bitter pith from the peel, sweet + tangy malts, weedy/dandelion

Finish: sharp bitter peel hoppy bitterness, rough finish.

Summary: Something in the mids just doesn’t sit well on the palate. The bitterness is like overly steeped lemon/lime peel. The pith bitterness + hops = gag reflex. Do not like. Doesn’t go well with a meal.