showing up in Fredericksburg area pubs. Recently, the bottled beers have been on store shelves too, and this week I brought home a six-pack of the Belgian Congo Pale Ale.
This "Belgian Inspired Pale Ale" pours a golden color with a frothy white, and long lasting head. The aroma is a mixture of earthy yeast, lemon citrus, with a hint of sweetness. The flavor is a blend of grassy and citrus hops. There's a touch of Belgian yeast that adds a hint of candy sweetness. The finish is dry with a mild and short-lived bitterness. The moderate carbonation leaves the palate dry and clean.
This is a remarkably light and refreshing beer, which is somewhat deceptive given the 6.8% ABV. Devils Backbone Belgian Congo Pale Ale is one of those beers that goes down smoothly and way too quickly. I enjoyed the "twist" on the pale ale style. I really do have to get down to Devils Backbone and have this one, and the brewery's other beers, at the source. Meanwhile, we've got the rest of this six-pack to enjoy...
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