Monday, August 25, 2008

New York State Beer Night

Tonight unexpectedly turned out to be a New York State beer night! I brought back a mixed twelve pack from Cooperstown Brewing after our recent trip to Woodstock. I haven't had any of their beers in a while, so I figured I'd dive back in. Also, we went to the Giants preseason game against the Browns last week and picked up the Saranac summer mixed twelve pack on the way. I had a few left over, so here we go...

Cooperstown Brewing Nine Man - Pours deep golden with a white head. A light aroma featuring some sweet malt, no hops, definite diacetyl. Flavor is malt balanced still, with diacetyl present. Hop flavor and bitterness are low. Pretty full bodied. I know that they use Ringwood yeast, which explains the diacetyl and the seemingly low attenuation. An easy drinking beer, though this is not their best offering.

Saranac Hefeweizen - Clear golden beer with a white head. Has the standard banana and clove aromas that you expect in this kind of beer, clove increases as it warms up. There's more of a bubblegum ester in the flavor. Toasty malt flavors come through in the finish. Very lightly hopped and highly carbonated, as to be expected. This is fairly mild as hefeweizens go, since the yeast qualities are somewhat muted and the wheat doesn't show as much as the malt. I'm not the biggest hefeweizen guy in the world, so it suits me just fine.

Saranac Belgian White - Cloudy gold with a quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is of orange zest, pepper, and with a slightly sugary note, almost like marshmallows. Orange is strong in the flavor, along with sweet malt and bready grain - can't tell if I pick up on the wheat and oats or not. Hops barely noticeable. Medium body, fairly high carbonation. Not as mild an example of the style as the hefeweizen, but not overwhelming either.

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