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Friday, January 4, 2013

Brews Before Brushes: Alpenglow (Half Acre)

We were able to hit the Half Acre tap room before going to a Colors & Bottles painting class. It was only a block or so away, I just couldn't pass it up. The class was held at Jury's Food and Drink on North Lincoln Ave. They had a decent selection, great refreshment while exploring my creative side. Colors & Bottles has classes that rotate at bars with locations around the nation including Milwaukee, Philly, Orlando, and Kansas City. They have 18 locations total, with seven new locations slated for later this year. It's a fun night out. Brews and brushes just go hand in hand.

But back to the beer...This winter dark ale was not very wintery. But it was a good black IPA.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: It was a very dark brown with a thick tan head. It had iridescent bubbles that stuck around. It smelled of a bitter roast. Like a coffee.

Taste: It was sugary and sticky. It had a sharp bitterness. I got a little licorice. But for the most part, I got hop bitterness and malt roast. I just look for something a little more rich and malty for winter. Not the hop acid.

From the Half Acre site:
This winter glider is a concept reserved for the haul, the long push, the times when the day extends into the night. Roast punch and hop slice make this black ale your solution to winter sessions.

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