Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beer Review: MadTree Pilgrim

Once again I decided to take a look at one of our local beers and once again, it just happens to be a beer from MadTree Brewing. This time I am taking a look at one of their initial releases for 2017 which is Pilgrim. Highlighted as a fall ale, this beer is described as a lightly hopped pale ale with mix of flavors that are part of the holiday season. This includes cranberry along with vanilla with the goal of striking a nice balance against the Pilgrim hops that are used and of course the malts too. The alcohol content of this one is 5% ABV and the IBU level is 14. So what are my quick thoughts on this beer without really hitting on to the finer details which you can see in the video.

The beer itself for me didn’t really play as lightly hopped pale ale and was more reminiscent of other fall beers mainly lagers more than ales. With the low level of IBU, it was expected to not have too much bite which it didn’t and the malts did add a nice tone. The color of the beer was decent enough although the head was lacking for what to be expected. The taste was definitely decent enough, and it sits well with a nice body on it. However, the cranberries presence was a little more muted than expected, but the vanilla did come through nicely and there was a decent amount of duration on the flavor. Overall the beer provided a decent experience but expectations may want to be tempered in my opinion. Check out the video for more on this beer and see the other reasons why this one rated as 76 out of 100 for me.

And as always, Cheers…and Go Get Your Beer On!

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