The First Taste of The Year of the Rabbit

October 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s been one week since the bottling of the first batch of The Year of the Rabbit, Bunny Hops Brewery’s first original recipe. After some issues with undercarbonation with the starter batch, Maiden Voyage, I was a bit nervous about how this beer would turn out. Fortunately, I am pleasantly surprised: IT IS AWESOME.

I’m going to wait until the two week mark before giving it a full appraisal, but so far it has a medium body and is very drinkable, perhaps even sessionable. The aroma of five spice and minty-spicy Perle hops meets the nose briskly, and even though my nose is currently stuffed up with a cold, the pleasant aroma returns readily after the glass has been put down for a few minutes. The five spice blends remarkably well with the hops with regards to flavor, rolling across the tongue and palate mostly in during the second half of each sip with a little bit lingering at the end. The Perle hops adds a pleasant and relatively mild bitterness in this case. Even after only one week, this first bottle was nicely carbonated. There is still a slight estery undertone which I suspect will mellow out at the two week mark, allowing the hops to assert themselves more.

Cheers, to Bunny Hops Brewery’s first original beer: an amber ale with a touch of five spice.

Blackjack

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