Mother Road Roadside American Ale

Reviewed by on June 30, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mother Road Brewery

  • Origin: Flagstaff, AZ, US

  • Rated On: June 30, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Flagstaff, Arizona’s Mother Road Brewery makes this American pale ale in an apparent ode to the bygone rural highways of America – the label does have a certain summer dusty drive across the American southwest vibe going for it, that’s for sure!

This 12oz single bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and somewhat silken off-white head, which leaves some dense sudsy island group lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some red apple, orange, white grapefruit, and overripe pear fruitiness, a touch of free-range yeastiness, and subtle earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, mixed apple and generic citrus fleshy fruit, tame earthy yeast, a soft oily nuttiness, and more floral, weedy, and herbal hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly restrained in its gently probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee acrid hoppy thing attempting to rain on the parade here. It finishes well off-dry, the base malt, in its ephemerally biscuity guise, keeping a keen eye on those lingering green hops.

Overall, a well-balanced iteration of the American version of the style – the hops aren’t yer typical citrus/pine smack upside the head, but rather a nice blend of various fruit and verdant esters. Easy to drink, and interesting – I could surely see putting back a few of these at a derelict rest stop whilst cruising along the old Route 66.

Brady White

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