Horniblow’s Tavern American AleJanuary 1, 2005 Raleigh, NC
Edenton Brewing Co.
Available: NC, PA
Horniblow’s Tavern stood in Edenton, a small town in coastal North Carolina, in the 18th century. It was owned by Joseph Hewes, signatory to the Declaration of Independence and first secretary of the U.S. Navy, who has also been commemorated in the name of an Edenton beer.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.6
Alcohol (vol.): 5.9
Delightfully amber, with all of the credentials to back it up. Excellent malt parentage with a splendid hop marriage. Forty-five IBUs are just right for a hophead like myself. Complexity, thy name is Hornblow’s Tavern!
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer has a honeyish amber color and a nice rocky head. Despite the name, the nose is fruity/spicy—rather English. The Englishness continues on the palate—a sharp, hard Burtonish bitterness is backed by toasty malt and a dash of caramel. The finish is brisk and clean. It’s not exciting, but it’s well made, a good enough beer to have standing by in the fridge for whatever comes. Great with a ham and Swiss on rye, and hoppy enough to handle the mustard.
- Garrett Oliver
Horniblow’s Tavern sounds like a naval hangout, perhaps rather clubby, with oak panelling. The beer has an oaky color; a nutty barley-malt aroma; a firm, beautifully balanced palate; and a long, hoppy, bitter finish. Lounge on a bar-stool and exchange war stories with other members of the club.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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