Hard Tail AleNovember 1, 2007 Pontiac, MI
King Brewing Co.
Available: MI, WI, NC, SC
King Brewing Co. was formed in 1994, reviving a brewing tradition in southeastern Michigan that had ceased in the early 1950s when the last small brewer was forced to close in Pontiac.
Original Gravity: 1060
Caramel and honey on the nose and palate of this amber/marmalade colored beer, with citrus fruit throughout. Firm, dry, grapefruit tannin finish. There’s decent heft to this beer and a good balance between flavor and drinkability. Traditional American pale ale.
- John Hansell
Turbid, deep golden color topped with a healthy head, leaving a distinctive lace pattern. Aromatics are slight, though a deep sniff does reveal citrus and floral tones of the noble weed. Good fresh mouthfeel. Though decidedly hoppy, there is a balance of malt, providing a delicious match to rich and spicy foods like eggplant barta, Szechwan potatoes, blue corn tortillas filled with salsa and cheese and even a chocolate desert.
- Charles Finkel
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.
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
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