Haven’t found a Brooklyn Brewery pint I can really get into, even in my preferred styles. This being outside of those, it’s less likely to break the mold — and doesn’t.
STYLE: English IPA
LOOK: Fox tail.
NOSE: Teriyaki chicken wings, undercooked steak, leathery, smokey. I guess it’s making me hungry?
MOUTH: Softer than the bold nose suggests, you could even say it’s delicate, floral. Also a little flat, but that’s not the best-by date … that’s the roundness, or lack of it. The best thing it has going for it is a pretty nice weight, encouraged, I think, by the A-1 nose. Maybe it’s just a steakhouse beer and I don’t quite get it. There is, to that end, some sour cream and chive flavor settling on the finish.
Beeradvocate Rating: 83
Hayward Abbey Rating: 68