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Hopless (Hamilton's 3rd Anniversary Ale by Green Flash Brewing Co.
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
5.70 % ABV

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Review by seaoflament on 11/06/09  
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Headed over to Hamilton's Tavern today with Kyle and Shane and got to try this unique brew. It's a collaboration between Green Flash brewmaster Chuck Silva and Ben Spencer from Magnolia Brewing. A little info from the beer: "No hops were used in brewing this Old World Gruit Ale. Instead we used Marsh Rosemary, Sweet Gale, Yarrow Flowers, Rose Hips, Heather Tips, and Elder Flowers. These herbs provide the bittering balance as well as a complimentary herbal sweetness to the rich barley sugar character. The malt make up is very similar to a big brown ale and the aroma is both sweet and savory making it a great option for pairing with many flavorful dishes (think venison). Hop-less finishes at 5.7% abv."

The beer was brought in a pint glass and was a dark cola color with hints of red and a very thin ring around the glass, but basically had no head to speak of.

The aroma took me a while to pick up. First, the beer was too cold and also I was sitting in the path of a fan so I couldn't really pick up anything from the aroma. After a few minutes and moving to another table I could pick up hints of honey and toast with some herbal tones in the background. Rosemary became more apparent with a bit of chocolate, and light toast. Heather honey starter to come through. The beer also starter to get sweeter and maltier as it warmed up.

Soft herbal flavors on the front palate with some flowery notes and hints of mint in the finish. A little toasty with just a hint of nuts near the end and a bit of what seemed like juniper berries, honey, brown sugar, and more toast. Later on the herbs became a little more identifiable with some rosemary, heather, what seemed like sage, lavender, and rose hips. Low to moderate carbonation with a somewhat flat finish and a bit thin at times. Could be a bit drier for my tastes but still easily drinkable and very well balanced.

Served In: Pint Glass

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