This highly-anticipated brew pours the same color as my morning coffee. Burnt-wood-brown, with a small white head, that leaves behind a good amount of lacing after each sip. (Must be the alpha-acids from the dry-hopping!) The nose is light coffee and dirt notes, with a bit of hazelnut. The mouthfeel is highly effervescent, and light. Really, really easy to drink, which makes it a dangerous contender at 6.4% ABV. Not much in the way of surprises on the palate. Black-roasted malt, coffee (again), a kiss of pine, and a bit of earthiness. Not as complex as one would expect for an RABC beer, but refreshing and easily drinkable for the style. I like this beer a great deal, as the fine cats at Real Ale have reinterpreted a common style once again! Get off your duff and go grab some, now!!!! Get to the dry-hopper!!!!!!! Cheers, and good vibes!
– Matt the beer guy