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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wrecking Bar: The Beer

Below is a quick run-down of the brews I tried at Wrecking Bar Brewpub (Atlanta, GA). I tried to be quick about it, I wanted to enjoy the delicious food and wonderful company.

Breaking Bob Kölsch
VERY easy drinking, light, crisp ale. | ABV: 4.8% 

Look and Smell: This light-gold beer had a white bubbly head. It had a light grain smell.
Taste: It was light but the grain flavor came through. It had a light bitterness. I'm not one to go for lagers, but this was flavorful without the lager aftertaste. I was pleasantly surprised.

Atlanta Altbier
An easy-drinking, amber-brown German beer. | ABV: 5.3% IBU: 30

Look and Smell: This amber brew had a white head. The smell was really light. It wasn't that the bar smells were overpowering, I just couldn't pick up anything distinct with my limited smell.
Taste: It had a bitterness to balance out the caramel malt. 

Victor IPA
Four types of hops balanced with the use of ten different malts. | ABV: 6.7% | IBU: 80

Look and Smell: This amber brew had a heavy white head. The hop oils caused heavy lacing. It smelled piny.
Taste: It was very piny and balanced with the slight malt sweetness.

Pigpen India Brown Ale
This beer has malty flavors balanced with the citrus, earthy hop character. | ABV: 7.1% IBU: 64

Look and Smell: This dark amber brew has a creamy white head that sticks around for a bit. It has a mellow hop aroma.
Taste: It was smooth and creamy then bitter. It was a well-balanced brew. I didn't get some of the more biscuity-toasty flavors some browns have, but it was a well-rounded brown.

Jemmy Stout
A dark stout, yet with light body and creamy head. | ABV: 6.4% IBU: 42

Look and Smell: This black brew had a coffee head that settled to an oily slick. It smelled like bitter chocolate.
Taste: It was chocolaty with a light coffee flavor. I'm not sure about dark fruit flavors described in the menu. It was a good stout.

Jemmy Dean Breakfast Stout
Our Jemmy Stout masterfully blended with L5P’s own Aurora coffee.

Look and Smell: This black brew had a coffee-colored head that left a slick on the top. It smelled like coffee.
Taste: I tasted the coffee and sugar. A rich caramel flavor came through that balanced the bitter roast. I can see why two different people sat down and ordered a pint of this straight away.

Symbiosis Maximus
Easy-drinking for an Imperial Stout! | ABV: 10.1% IBU: 92

Look and Smell: This dark brown-black brew had a coffee-colored head. I could smell a light roast.
Taste: It was thick. It was like drinking chocolate liqueur. It was a good sipping brew, a winter warmer. I'd like a snifter of this in front of a fireplace. 

Hop Noggin
This imperial IPA is a hop-head's dream. Drinks like an IPA, wrecks your palate like an Imperial IPA should. | ABV: 10.5% IBU: 150

Look and Smell: This straw-colored brew had a dense and creamy white head. It smelled like grapefruit juice.
Taste: It tasted like grapefruit juice (not pithy). It was a little sweet and musky. These complex and surprisingly smooth flavors hid the booziness.

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