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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Day 160 Drink: Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine

Rogue Ales brewmaster John Maier is one of the more versatile and talented beer makers in America. Evidence the fact that Maier created the recipe for Old Crustacean barleywine in 1986 while he was still a homebrewer.

Old Crustacean is a big beer that comes with big numbers: 11.5 percent alcohol by volume. An IBU rating of 120.

Old Crustacean pours a glowing amber color with an off-white head. There is a big pine note to the nose and an amazingly direct hop bitterness from tons of Centennial and Chinook hops. The hops keep coming in layers: pine, spice and citrus dance around different parts of your mouth. This is a big beer even by barleywine standards.

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