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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ninkasi Brewing Sleigh'r Dark Double Alt Ale

More “candy for adults” from Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Co, and the second-to-last hoarded away winter seasonal, Ninkasi Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt Ale.

Ninkasi Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt poured a crimson clover honey hue in the glass with a lumpy, done colored head and mild carbonation.  The nose was composed of pine and honey in equal measures.


Ninkasi Sleigh’r Dark Double Ale opened with a pine start and a subtle but distinct earthiness and a fuzzy stone-fruit mouth feel.  The body of the ale was sweet bread, and it ended on a coffee and bitter rind finish. 

Ninkasi Brewing doesn’t do subtle or understated… they make big, bold beers high in hops, ABV, and body.  Ninkasi Sleigh’r is no exception to this brewing philosophy, managing to walk the line of “highly drinkable” and “highly flavorful” without straying too far into either camp.

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