Now I’m done with the Season’s Greetings beer advent calendar, it’s on to the Spinnakers 12 Days of Christmas calendar. I drank this one on Christmas day, but didn’t have a chance to write it up.
From the label:
North West Ale is inspired by the assertively hopped beers of the cascadia region. This ale is brewed with 85 IBU’s of pacific north-west hops, superbly well balanced with a strong, copper coloured, malty body.
Stats: ABV:6.5%; IBU 85
This beer pours out a medium amber-copper colour with a couple of fingers of cream head that lasts a quite a while and leaves good lacing.
The nose is caramel/biscuit malt and floral/piney hops. The palate is toasted caramel and toffee malt and a touch of grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, with good carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish.
Being called North West Ale, I’d assumed this beer was going to be a hoppy American pale ale, but it was actually rather mild. There’s quite a lot of malt flavour and aroma going on and the hops are quite mild. In fact it comes off more as an English pale ale and I would have sworn that noble hops had been used.