Review – Weyerbacher Fireside Ale
Weyerbacher Fireside Ale – 7.5% abv
From Weyerbacher “This fantastic brew began its life as “Charlie”, the third installment of the Brewer’s Select Series. It is now part of our seasonal lineup and will be released in the month of January. It is an intricate dark ale with a touch of smokiness. The rich malt flavor, crisp bitterness and smoke reach perfect equilibrium in this brew.”
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a room temperature oval pilsner glass.
Medium to dark brown in color with hints of red and gold. Thick and sticky foam on top of the glass that will eventually leave pasty lace all the way down the sides.
Campfire and assorted roasted nuts. Smells sweet at first but the nose immediately goes to the recognizable earthy wood aromas.
This beer is nice and smokey with a robust malt flavor. Weyerbacher claims a “touch” of smokiness but they must have been drunk when they wrote that. The hops balance out the smokiness with a bit of soothing, fresh floral character.
Left my mouth feeling a little slick, slimy (in a good way) and thirsty for more. Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.
This was my second beer the other night when I was making my newest home brew creation – 70 Minute IPA. My friend John and I picked up a four-pack a little while ago at a small craft beer store across from the High Street Grill in Mount Holly, NJ. Neither of us had ever heard of this and being that we are both Weyerbacher fans, grabbed it up fast as we could. This ale is very limited and is only released in January. I did see it yesterday at my local brew store but they said this was the first time they were able to get any. Grabbed up a few more to keep on hand.