Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #22 – Cherry Hieter Smoked Cherry Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #22

Cherry Hieter Smoked Cherry Ale – Phillips Brewing, 7.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Buckets of fresh cherries and house-smoked malts highlight this fruit fortified seasonal. Flavours of sweet cherries are balanced by a strong malt backbone and finish with a whisp of smoke. This brew is ripe for the sipping.”

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Ingredients: water, cherries, malted & smoked barley, hops, yeast.

  • Style: (smoked, cherry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Smoky thin body barley malt mild cherry short length
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: meh

Visual: Pours translucent reddish brown with a small dissipating head, thin layer of micro retention, clusters of steady streams, a bit of lacing.

Nose: oak (?) woody smoked, background tanginess. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, immediate fruity woody smoky

Mid-palate: persistent smokiness, fizzy-tingly, background light tangy, (MAIN) mild caramel barley malt, cherry undertones

Finish: smoky exhale, thin body watery sweet malt finish.

Summary: Quite smoky, as advertised, but not sure what they were trying to accomplish. The smoke doesn’t particularly elevate the malt, nor is the cherry especially luscious. A below average result of a novel beer.