Beer Brief #42 – John Henry West Indies Pale Ale

Brewery – Cold Spring Brewing Company, Cold Spring, MN

Beer – John Henry West Indies Pale Ale

Style – West Indies Pale Ale (whatever that is) aged on dark rum oak spirals

ABV – 9.4%

Color – Dark brown with hints of ruby, minimal light tan head

Aroma – Brown sugar, honey, light fruit, bit of alcohol, pineapple?

Flavor – Caramel, vanilla, raisin, touch of rum, more light fruit, hint of smoke, balancing bitterness

Verdict – I am very impressed by this brew. There is an almost indescribable fruitiness that goes well with the malty sweetness. All the flavor complexity is delicious and fun to analyze. I’ll probably have to get this again…

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