Saturday, July 7, 2012

Belgian Congo Pale Ale

Earlier this year, the expanded production capabilities of Devils Backbone Brewing meant the brewery's beers were 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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