Friday, December 2, 2011
Bison Brewing Gingerbread Ale
Bison Brewing Gingerbread Ale, the winter seasonal ale by all-organic Bison Brewing, poured like a bottle of cola; dark brown, heavily carbonated, and a tan head. The nose carried forward cloves, ginger, and cinnamon spices over an earthy, bran and graham cracker malt backbone.
Bison Gingerbread Ale opened with a surprisingly crisp, tart start that would have been distracting had it not immediately turned to graham crackers and shortbread. A wave of ginger and spice rose over the baked pastry start, and a mild, sugary sweetness tied the who ale together to make something that truly tasted like old fashioned, semi-sweet gingerbread cookies.
Bison Brewing nailed the gingerbread flavor in their Gingerbread Ale. Whether or not that's what one wants may be a different point, but the ale is still quite a feet of recipe composition. Interestingly enough, the Bison Brewing website lists the Gingerbread Ale as a Gingerbread Spiced Porter, which seems a bit less accurate (other than color) than calling it an ale.