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Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale) by Sprecher Brewing Company
American Amber / Red Ale
5.70 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 12/04/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 2010
Had this at the Mellow Mushroom. Hit the table as a 16 oz bottle and was served up in a standard, shaker pint. Hadn't heard of this one, so I was glad to give it a shot.

A: Kind of weirded out that this is classified as a Amber/Red Ale because this looks more like a wheat or Hefe. Had a lighter orange color to it that borders more on a dark yellow. The beer is cloudly as all hell because of some sediment that slowly makes its way out of the bottle and the end of the pour. The sediment is incredibly thick and it slowly clouds up the look and provides a slight texture to the look. Didn't build much of a head at all, just a slight white wisp. What head is produced, disappears quickly and there is zero lace.

S: Smells kind of like a mix between a Hefe and a Saison. Has a wheat like presence in the nose although there is no yeast in the beer (interesting). Clove and citrus are present, bringing out that Hefe quality. Then you get the spicy, barnyard quality. Light funk with a good amount of hay like quality. Very pleasant to smell, just a little light.

T: Another shift in gears. Where the nose has those Hefe/Saison notes, this beer tastes like a mix of a Cider and maybe a very light sour. Absolutely a big apple cider presence that mixes wonderfully with the citrus notes that move around in here. The apple flavor has a slightly toasted quality to it. Then comes a very nice, white wine kind of presence. Light and sweet, but clean and dry. Just very nice.

M: Medium in body and that yeast sediment does add a touch of grit in the feel. ABV is pretty much undetectable and I expected it to be lower than the 5.7% on the brewery's website. It has that citrus, acid quality, but it finishes sweet and dry. Very nice. Aftertaste is all grape like qualities.

OA: Very happy with this beer. I was very intrigued when I read the description in the menu, but I didn't think it would come together. To my surprise, it came together very nicely. Every aspect of this beer was a surprise and something completely different from the last. Just a nice beer. For my first Gluten Free beer, I am impressed and really dig it. I would buy this again and I would also keep it in the house. Dig it.

Served In: Pint Glass

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