Beer Details: Red Barn Ale from The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA (Farmhouse Ale, 6.7% ABV)
Appearance: This one glows a warm sunny gold in the glass with a big ol' head of meringue-like foam. Lots of happy bubble action.
Aroma: Bright sour fruit aromas push forward with hints of spice in the background. A little funky, very fresh. Enjoy the aroma because you'll be smelling it for a while as you wait for the foam to settle down!
Taste: Sweet and tart cider flavors scoot across the tongue, supported by crisp, crackery malts. The hops have a stronger presence than I expected from a farmhouse ale. They add a piney perfume around the edges of the mouth and in the back of the throat.
A wallop of lemon zest and pithy citrus rind keep the taste bright and fresh. More soft fruit flavors come out as the beer warms and bring a nice balance to the bitter notes. This beer stays frothy and sparkling from the first sip to the last.
Food Pairings: The bright, citrus-forward flavor of this beer makes it an excellent choice with rich foods. Pair it with braises and roasts of all kinds.
Have you tried this beer? What do you think of it?
(Image: Emma Christensen)