Coming together over craft beer.
Ah yes, the quest of a craft beer lover (and blogger) is a tireless and taxing adventure, bubbling over with good and bad beers alike, and endless hours walking the beer store aisles looking for that next perfect beer to enjoy and write about. Ok, so it is not always as bad as it seems. The best days are the surprises however, when some family member or friend randomly drops a cool beer you haven’t tried in your lap. This happened to me twice actually on a recent family vacation. First my cousin recommended I try New Belgium’s seasonal Rolle Bolle. The second was when the same cousin dropped by with a Growler of Red Ale from his favorite brewpub in town, Quigley’s. They of course make a variety of beer, but he selected the Neck Red Ale, which he says is one of his favorites.
I poured it hard from the growler into a small red wine glass. It had a nice light reddish brown to light brown color, and was very clear. The head formed quickly at about half a finger, then faded away to a thin white cap. There is some simple, earthy hop notes on the nose, along with some sweetness. Nothing fruity or smokey.
The taste is sweet malty, with just a little bit of hop bite on the finish. Not a bitter beer at all, but just a little hopping to try and balance the malt sweetness. Still, a malt forward red. Maybe a little buttery flavor in there as well?
Overall a good drinking beer, maybe a 7 on a scale of 10. Not a lasting impression, but satisfying. I will certainly enjoy the generous gift of this growler, and hope the next time I am in Myrtle Beach I can visit Quigley’s for myself.
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