Copperhead AleJuly 1, 2008 Dover, DE
Fordham Brewing Co.
Copperhead is an American interpretation of a Düsseldorf altbier.
Original gravity: n/a
Beautiful shiny coppered ale. Ale fruitiness mingled with honey-floral aromas. Acidic flavor with hints of metallic character and lingering astringent mouthfeel. High in bitterness reminiscent of more assertively hopped altbiers of Germany. Malt sweetness is low and overwhelmed with hop bitterness. Could be a reasonable accompaniment with strong flavored and high fat foods such as pizza. In summary, the level of sourness/acidity is not my preference when accompanied with intense bitterness. So I will admit my bias.
- Charlie Papazian
Here’s a beer in the alt fashion, an ale that has its fruity wings clipped by a period of cold conditioning. Copperhead — clearly named for its color — has a rich aroma of ripe barley, delicate hop resins and plenty of creamy caramel. It’s malty and nutty on the palate, yet crisp and bitter at the same time, with just a suggestion of orange blossom, while the finish is dry, nutty and bitter with roasted malt poking through. It all ends somewhat abruptly, leaving you wanting a little bit more, but that’s part of the appeal of this style of beer.
- Jeff Evans
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide and The Book of Beer Knowledge, Jeff Evans is an eight-time editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and one of Britain's best-known beer writers.
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