673. Lost Abbey – Double Red Poppy

673. Lost Abbey - Double Red Poppy

My dad is in town for the weekend, and we decided to go out to dinner with him tonight. We’d been to Firehouse Pizza Pub in Normal, IL once and I thought the pizza sauce was way too sweet. However, since they had some pretty good beers on tap, I thought I’d give it another chance. We had their New York style pizza and it was actually pretty good (less sauce). After hearing the beer selection, I decided to go for this one, since I was sure I hadn’t had it before.

Location: On tap and served in a small snifter glass at Firehouse Pizza Pub in Normal, IL.

Numbers: 5% ABV, ~150 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It was a dark rusty red color and was somewhat clear. There was almost no head on it, just a very thin, creamy ring around the edge of the glass. There was a good malty aroma with a bit of funkiness.

Taste & Feel: The body was full and the mouthfeel was pretty smooth. There was a nice caramel malt flavor up front with a bit of bitter funkiness. In the middle, the bitterness grew quite a bit, and was joined by some tart flavors. The finish was an interesting mix of an earthy-citrusy tartness and bitterness, which lasted briefly in the finish.

Food Pairing: This beer had a big range of flavors, from caramel to citrus to tartness, and the pizza we had helped to tame the beer a bit. I think it could also go nicely with a burger or other hearty food that cuts through all these flavors in the beer.

Overall Impression: I think I was expecting a big malty red beer, and there was some caramel up front, but there were a lot of other flavors. The funkiness and tartness wasn’t totally unexpected, but the big earthy-citrus hop bitterness in the finish made for an interesting mix of flavors. It was very complex and interesting, and the flavors certainly weren’t off-putting, but it wasn’t necessarily a mix of flavors I’d put together again. Overall, it was OK, but is not really my flavor.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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