Contagious penny-hazed ‘Imperial’ betters all in its desolate copper ale class. Sugary cookie dough malts, honeyed Graham Cracker follow-up and toasted caramel sweetness rise above spiced dried fruiting. Wispy raisin, sugarplum and fig nuances fill the gaps. Cardboard-like bottom fortfies accessible medium body.
A weak rep of nebulous copper ale style. Minimal cereal-grained caramel malting and wispy orange tartness done in by phenolic oily-hopped astringency and washed-out metallic backdrop.
Heady alcohol-burnt copper ale blends fine European malts, sweet yeast, and brisk hops into creamy caramel center. More delicate than robust brown ales but heavier than most pale ales. Brewery defunct: 2001.
Ripe fruit aromatics gather orange, berry, and lemon accents to shore up moderate hop bitterness countering pale malt sweetness. Increasingly sour citric finish remains pleasant.
Full-bodied copper ale with viscous penny hue, bottom-dwelling yeast sediment, and crayon waft offers tangy nectarine-peach frontage, overripe orange sweetness, musty apple souring, and candied butterscotch sedation. But waxy dry cork finish and wet grass aftertaste dissolve stiffened fruited hop bite. Brewery defunct: 2001.
Spritzy hop luster of soothingly sharp bronze-hazed medium body given toasted grain retreat, elegant orange peel resonation, and earthen mineral tinge. Roasted caramel malting and citric-peeled apple-apricot-berry fruiting contrast earthen herbal hops to biscuit-y bottom.
Slim malt chocolate continuation muddles fizzy hops and subtle nuts to moderately creamy finish. A tad bland and slick – like macrobrew gunk. Brewery defunct: 2003.
Clear-toned copper ale maintains candied malt foundation and chewy caramelized apple thrust as herbal hop serenade aids toasted barley subsidy, wheat biscuit torrent, and syrupy maple hint. Further tasting revealed ripe berry adjuncts. Unlike most indefinite copper ales, well-defined and well-rounded.
Unspecific German-styled altbier is flagship offering. Faded charred wood mouthfeel, ashy tobacco stain and acquired smoked salami salience overrun by musty-fruited dry malting in a curious India Pale Ale manner. Spice-hopped orange rind bittering gains phenol acridity.
Oddly original flat-headed copper retains reddish glow, sour cherry dryness, and alert hop effervescence to tinny finish. Coffee acridity and bitter forest mouthfeel encase cola flow.
Casual dry-bodied lightweight with slim grain roast, spiced hop tingle and embittered lemon-peeled apricot tang American wheat fans and pale ale lovers may appreciate.
Musty dry-hopped copper-toned ale gains citric hop zest, toasted grain inertia and sweet cereal malt surge to offset overt fig frolic. Drab ester-y phenol finish spoils orange oil latency, barren marzipan snip, and piney dash.