Captain Elizur’s Heritage Red AleJuly 1, 2006
Available: CT, MA
The name is a mouthful and so is the beer. A russet/red color with a good head of foam leads to an aroma of massive sour fruit—plums and gooseberries. The tart fruit fills the mouth with a sudden burst of tangy, herbal hops. The finish is surprisingly softer, with delicious hints of creamy malt balancing the sour and bitter notes. A challenging and rewarding beer.
- Roger Protz
The head here is not merely noisy—it sings, telling the listener, “There's more than mere yeast here, there’s FLAVOR.” A touch of woody sharpness swarms over one’s nose and rests nicely in the palate. Good balance, drinkability and modest alcohol content make this a great session beer.
- Fred Eckhardt
Beers gone wild! (I can already see the DVD ads on TV.) Reminds me of a mild Flemish sour-style ale. It sports a murky deep-amber color, with complex rustic flavors of oaky vanilla, caramel, rhubarb, bread dough, musty hard cider and suggestions of bourbon. Thirst quenching, and with plenty of character for a beer just under 5% ABV.
- John Hansell
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
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