Wow. What a great beer.
When we asked people to bring us bottles of beer for our 10th anniversary in February, our chum Nick presented us with a bottle of Rogue’s Smoke Ale.
We had a feeling it might be special and, as often happens, that’s stopped us drinking it.
Tonight, after a particularly successful day’s brewing, it felt like the right time to crack it open.
It smells, as expected, like bacon, but once that’s died away with the big fluffy head, there’s a lot of zesty hops and a crisp malt flavour which beats the pants off a lot of dunkels we had on our recent German jaunt. It’s top fermented and that might be why it reminded us a little of a brown ale.
So, like we said at the top, a great beer, and inspirational. We have to make something like this now!