Beer Brief #53 – Old Friend Holiday Ale

Brewery – Indeed Brewing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Beer – Old Friend Holiday Ale

Style – Winter warmer brewed with honey and fresh ginger

ABV – 7%

Color – Red with some copper and a light tan frothy head

Aroma – Toffee, ginger, biscuity malt, hint of nuttiness

Flavor – Very similar to the aroma, biscuity nutty malt, caramel, very faintest hint of chocolate, ginger, touch of berry fruitiness, herbal hops, nice balancing bitterness

Verdict – Quite the enjoyable winter warmer. The malt and hop profile reminds me a bit of an ESB, while the ginger adds a nice complementary spice. Moderate carbonation does a great job of amplifying the ginger, and the pleasant medium-body mouthfeel is capped off nicely by some alcohol warmth after swallowing. I’d definitely be happy to call this brew an “Old Friend”.

P.S. – So far, this is the seventh beer I’ve had from Indeed. I must say, I haven’t been disappointed by a single one. If you have an opportunity to try any of the brews from their line-up, I highly recommend you do so! I know they are ranking pretty high on my “favorite Minnesota breweries list” these days…

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