Monday, March 31st 2014
Mississippi Fire Ant
(Southern Prohibition Brewing)
Mississippi Fire Ant is one of four canned releases from Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. You've got to love the design on this can which is a reminscent of an old school horror movie poster with a giant ant dragging a scantily clad woman into a hole. Definitely one of the more inventive designs out there, so of course we're big fans. When it comes to what's inside the can, well we're big fans of that as well!
From the Southern Prohibition Brewing site:
"This imperial red ale has a huge malt presence only to be out shined by its hop additions. Dark mahogany red with a nice fluffy head, Fire Ant showcases roasted and toasted caramel notes layered between spicy, herbal and fruity hops."
Here we go...
Pour - dark auburn in appearance with a solid half inch or more of off-white head on top. There are some nice reddish hues when held toward the light. This just looks like a big, full-flavored brew!
Aroma - brown sugar coated hops is the first thing that come to mind. Plenty of piney and sweet orange hop aromas mix with the huge amounts of malt that went into this 8% brew. A few more whiffs and caramel apples come to mind. Time to tuck into this...
Taste - one sip and you know this is a bigger beer. Loads of malt sweetness grabs the tongue and a hop presence develops and smacks your tongue around quite a bit. There are some darker fruit flavors in the background as well as some sweet citrus. This ant has some weight and it shows.
Overall - anymore than two rounds with the Fire Ant and we may be headed for an early TKO. A great night cap or a perfect brew to enjoy a few with a friend. Definitely worth checking out, as are all the beers from this Mississippi brewery.
Note - fire ants are considered an invasive species in the US and are native to South America. For humans, bites from fire ants produce a painful sting, a sensation similar to what one feels when burned by fire—hence the name fire ant—and the after effects of the sting can be deadly to sensitive people.
Posted by Russ
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