This is my second go round with Wicked Beaver Brewing Company out of Wolfforth, TX, and I am hoping for a better result with tis beer than with the other I had tried before (Cream Weaver Ale). What we have here is an Amber Ale with a selling point of having a “wickedly hoppy aroma” Hmmmm, we shall see about that.
Han Solo Star Wars pint glass was used for this beer, and this poured a nice hazy amber, burnt orange color with a thick foamy cream colored head. There was a great amount of lacing left on the glass while drinking. The appearance of this beer is a winner in my book.
The aroma fell short of their serlling point to me. If a beer is to be advertised having a wickedly hoppy aroma, I want to be knocked on my ass with hops. I smell a lot of caramel, sweet malty smell is the forefront here. What’s this I smell? oh look, there it is, the hops, hidden behind the typical aroma of a good amber ale. There is a small hint of citrus seeping through here, but definitely not “wickedly”. I was definitely let down from my hopeful expectations.
Taste wise we have an Amber Ale, folks! That’s about it here. No real hop flavor at all here. All malt. Caramel, biscuit flavor mostly. Small taste of pine in the background here, but nothing special.
To me this beer is definityely drinkable. Good, decent beer overall. Medium body, not to bitter, and not heavy carbonated. I do wish there was more of this Hop Aroma as advertised with this beer, but let’s be honest here, this is just a straight up Amber Ale. But I will drink, hell even buy it again.
The word “wicked” in their name made me think of the band, WITCHERY from Sweden. Each of their five full length albums has some good highlights in there, so it was hard for me to choose an actual song here. I ended up going with “Hitch Hunter” off of their 2010 full length album, Witchkrieg to showcase a song from their last offering. Hope you enjoy the song, the band, and the beer!
Feeling Wicked, BeerMetalDude!