Saturday, April 21 2012
Boji Blue Pale Ale
(Okoboji Brewing Company)
Okoboji Brewing Company is a brand new brewing outfit located in the Iowa Great Lakes Area between West Okoboji Lake and East Okoboji Lake in the town of Spirit Lake. They've canned four of their beers so far with the help of fellow Iowa craft brewers, Great River Brewery in Davenport.
From the Okoboji Brewing site:
"The pale ale is a true American beer, traditionally brewed with American style hops and malt. Light amber color with a full body feel and a crisp finish. The American style hops add fantastic aroma with a balancing bitterness that will please a “hophead” while allowing a great entrance to bolder beer for those new to craft beers."
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber, chestnut in appearance with some orange and red hues. A very nicely formed white foamy head sits atop this beer and plenty of lacing is present. Looks mighty fine coming out of the can.
Aroma - caramel sweetness, orange peel, biscuit/bread dough aromas along with some hints of floral hops and lemon poundcake.
Taste - first sip and its very apparent this is a beer with a solid malt backbone. Plenty of malty, caramel sweetness is there with some orange and lemon citrus flavors mixing with a bit of floral hop flavor and a lot of biscuity/bread dough. Reminds me a bit of some of the English Pale Ales I've had and I rather like it. Easy drinking with no major surprises but also no character flaws. Solid.
Overall - great beer. Very solid malt character with some nice bitterness and floral hop aroma and flavors. I like the toasty flavors that are followed by the citrus ones. A great pint of beer and a nice introduction to a brand new brewery.
Note - Okoboji Brewing is in the process of building a brewery and taphouse in Spirit Lake. This year they'll be the top sponsor of the "30th Annual Walleye Weekend" and they recently sponsored the 2012 University of Okoboji Winter Games - the second largest event in the state of Iowa behind only the Iowa State Fair. We look forward to hearing more about this brewery in the future.
Posted by Russ
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