Belly Hop Brother Bear
Reviewed by Brady White on August 3, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Belly Hop Brewing
- Origin: Red Deer, AB, CA
- Rated On: August 3, 2018
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 4.8%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Black Ale
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 473ml can pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly fizzy tan head, which leaves some random dissolving snow bank pattern lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.
It smells of toasted bready and grainy pale malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, dry cafe-au-lait, and very subtle earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and doughy cereal malt, some free-range ashiness, medium chocolate, faded day-old coffee, a hint of licorice root, and more understated leafy, earthy, and floral green hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad out of the ol’ basement bar fridge. It finishes off-dry, the gently roasted malt holding tight to the lingering reins.
Overall – this comes across as a rather pleasantly rendered version of the style, full of flavour, and very evenly balanced between the char and the sweetness. I know I’ve been mentioning the hot weather a lot lately, but it’s rainy and cooler today, so Brother Bear really hits the spot!