With the collaborative trio listed on the bottle, it's easy to assume that this beer is going to be more hop than malt, but it's actually a surprisingly balanced and accessible example of the new style. The hops are definitely present with attractive grapefruit rind aromas, but a nice roasty character keeps them in check along with accents of caramel and date. Crisp and clean in the mouth with good carbonation and a moderate hop bitterness to the finish.
American-Style Black Ale
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).