Just a quick note early in the work-week to highlight a dedicated GrassHopper’s review of LeeRoy the Red (Le Roi Rouge) Imperial Amber Ale (test batch #2). Tim C. of North Carolina (batten down the hatches, Tim – Sandy’s making her presence felt), was one of the first official GrassHoppers to volunteer his reviewing services and this is his 2nd overall review. I’ll let it do the talking, because it’s hard to type with such a big smile on my face:
I served (LeeRoy) at about 45 degrees, so here we go.
The pour is a super murky, rusty, reddish brown. The carbonation is decent and feeds a thick, frothy, slightly off-white head.
I love the smell. Like too much almost. Heavy citrus and lemon aroma with a hint of lemon zest. Hints of pine and resin dance across the tongue, then dance away into the background. Even more dry-hopped aromas come up (more of the same heavy sweet lemons and citrus fruits) come and go.
The taste is just as good. Heavy on the lemon and oranges (love it). Hints of pine and resin are there, with just enough bitterness to balance things out. Kind of reminds me more of bitter orange and lemon zest than resinous hop bitterness. The roasted malt is nice (kind of reminds me of something like an Irish Red or American Imperial Red). Slightly dry feeling. There’s more body than (the first batch), but it doesn’t feel like a near 10% ABV beer. The body is super light, but I really don’t mind. It makes it scary drinkable, especially with the ABV.
I like this one a lot, loads more than the first batch. Stick with this recipe. The dry hops are used to near perfection. Love the combination of citrus and resin, with a hint of bitterness.
Keep it up!
Thanks a ton for this review, Tim C. I feel like I liked it just as much as you did – so we’ll stick with this yeast strain on test batch #4 and go a slightly different route on test batch #5. Same ingredients and brewing procedures – we’ll see what we get!
Enjoy the rest of your week folks – Friday post still to come! All things Brewfest Tallahassee! Brewfest attendees will get to try the same product Tim C. reviewed!