Tuesday, August 30th 2011
BRIK Irish-Style Red Ale
(MillKing It Productions)
BRIK is the second release from Royal Oak, Michigan's "MillKing It Productions", their first was their AXL Pale Ale. MIP is a small production brewery that also does some contract work for nearby Rochester Mills Brewing Company by canning their Cornerstone IPA. The unique name of the brewery pays at least some homage to co-owner Scott King.
From the Millking It Productions site:
"Whereas hops are the star in AXL, the complex harmony of malt dominates this easy drinking Red Ale. Five different malts are skillfully blended to create a medium bodied, crowd-pleasing ale. The nose breathes caramel, malt and complexity. The beer is medium bodied, has the appropriate alcohol of 4.8% and is definitely a beer deserving the title, “session beer”.
Here we go...
Pour - deep ruby brown that borders on black. Nice big brown head on top that receded rather quickly. Good lacing - persisted throughout our sampling.
Aroma - sweet malt and molasses nose with some fruit notes here and there similar to raisins or dates.
Taste - sweet, brown sugary malt that is typical for the style. Thin-bodied with some sweet tea flavors at the start, a little zip of carbonation across the tongue in the middle before a watery finish that leaves no aftertaste.
Overall - a light-bodied beer that was very smooth going down and easy to finish. Judging to the style this is a pretty decent red ale, though personally I find the style challenging because the sweet and sometimes fruity aroma tricks my palate into expecting a much bigger beer with a more profound flavor profile. Still, Brik Irish-Style Red is a very drinkable beer and is one to keep on hand for friends who prefer light and mildly sweet brews.
Note - according to the MillKing It Production website the brewery will be getting a new canning line soon which will increase their production capabilities and perhaps allow them to can some new beers soon. They've just released a Belgian-style White Ale called "SNO" so perhaps we'll see that in cans? It certainly would fit their motif nicely.
a recent MillKing It Productions ad
Posted by Trent
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