Trout SlayerJuly 1, 2010 Missoula, MT
Big Sky Brewing Co.
Available: AR, AZ, CA, CO. IA, ID, IL, KS, MN, MS, MT, NB, NM, NV, ND, OR, SD, TX, UT, WI, WA, WY
They say the best way to shrink a fish is with a ruler, but the best way to grow a fish is with a beer. Montana Trout Slayer promises “a bigger tale with every ale.”
Original gravity: 1048
A pale gold beer with a delightful floral hop aroma, balanced by tangy fruit and a hint of butterscotch. Rich malt, tart citrus fruit and hop bitterness build in the mouth, with hop resins and lemon fruit dominating a finish that still has a delicious hint of butterscotch. The lemon citrus note suggests smoked salmon rather than trout as the accompanying dish.
- Roger Protz
This beer shows an attractive gold color and a restrained head that quickly recedes. The aroma is malty with a big note of creamed corn and a orangey whiff of hops. The bitterness up front is crisp and light, followed by a flavorful biscuit malt center. The finish is clean and dry. This beer’s light enough for a hot summer day, but has enough malt character to avoid those disturbing industrial beer flashbacks. It’ll be very nice with a good hot dog, or even a trout if you manage to slay one.
- Garrett Oliver
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.
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.
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