Friday, July 4, 2014

Beer Review - Reunion Ale 13

Shmaltz Brewing Company and Terrapin Beer Company's Reunion Ale 13 - 7.5% ABV

I love charities.  It gives me excuses to buy things that I wouldn't normally buy and attend events that I wouldn't normally attend.
You - "Wanna go to the beer festival this weekend"?
Me - "Oh boy, another beer festival featuring pissy, watery beers .... no thanks".
You - "But a portion of the proceeds to to help children born with red hair"
Me - "*Sigh* Count me in ... gotta help the Gingers".

.Bubba and Benny have gotten together to create another collaboration beer that normally I probably wouldn't have considered.
"What?  They donate proceeds to the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research?  Damn, I guess that I had better buy it".

This one time collaboration between Shmaltz Brewing Company from Clifton Park, New York and Terrapin Beer Company from Athens, Georgia is an American style brown ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee and boy is it a cracker (get it? cracker? Georgia? .... no?).  The nose is exactly as your would expect with the coffee, cinnamon and vanilla notes shining through.  It pours dark brown with a hint of red with a smallish, tan head.  The mouth feel is medium with only light carbonation.  The coffee, cocoa and roasted malts are the first flavor that you get and are the premier flavors that carry the load.  The Terrapin influence is felt with a significant amount (east coast significant, not west coast significant) of bitter hops at the back end of the swallow.  The vanilla and cinnamon are barely discernible and probably would have enhanced the flavor with more presence.  The good, full flavors are a bit if a surprise considering the lightness of the body.

This is a fine, drinkable beer that I would absolutely try again and so should you.  But you better hurry as that this is a one timer and will be gone soon and hey, it's for charity, drink up. - Bon Vivant

Terrapin Beer Company
265 Newton Bridge Road
Athens, GA 30607

Shmaltz Brewing Company
6 Fairchild Square
Clifton Park, NY

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