Tasting-Lake Superior Special Ale

This is beer #2 from my Winter seasonal mix-pack. Okay, okay, it’s not a winter beer, and it certainly isn’t a seasonal, but I needed a sixth beer to round out the pack. I had a bottle of this many a moon ago, and enjoyed it a lot. I figured another go around couldn’t hurt. Superior is a smaller brewery out of Duluth, MN. As far as I can remember, I’ve only had their special ale. On second thought, I may have had a pint of Sir Duluth, who knows.

Special Ale
A North American style of the classic British pale ale. Brewed with imported English ale yeast and generous amounts of Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest for a distinctive hop flavor and aroma. O.G. 1.052.

A- Very light tan head, very hazy dark gold color. The head settles slowly, forming clumps and clinging to the walls of the glass.

S- Predominant yeast scent, reminiscent of unbaked bread, followed by a lemon scent.

T- Lemon like, even slightly sour. Hardly any perceivable bitterness. Yeast character very present.

M- Smooth carbonation, and a medium body.

D- very easily drank, I could handle more than my fair share of these. If it weren’t so pricey, I would drink this much more often. It strikes me as a hybrid between a belgian pale ale and a witbier: light, sweet, and very smooth, but no orange or coriander flavors.


About foambrew

I'm a food science graduate from the University of Minnesota. I spend my time being in Seoul for a year, brewing beer, consuming food, biking, playing the tuba, and enjoying the Twins and Gophers. I can usually be found doing some combination or derivative of these things.
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