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Novice Homebrewer: Batch #7 Fallgasm Review

To see how Fallgasm was brewed, see Novice Homebrewer- Batch #7 Fallgasm.

After the bottle conditioning of the collaboration beer I made with my friends Tierney and Colleen was complete, I was rather excited to try it. It as inspired by the Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale, and all of those things sounded like something I would like in a beer. Let’s see how it turned out in my opinion.

Lincoln Abbey Fallgasm
The beer pours a dark amber color with a frothy cream colored head that leaves some lacing on the glass. It looks exactly like an amber ale, but nothing more. I was impressed with how the beer carbonated yielding a robust looking head.
The aroma consists of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, caramel, green apple, and a hint of cider. It wasn’t very strong on the apple smells and you probably wouldn’t have noticed it if you weren't aware it was brewed with them. However, it was a welcomed smell knowing it should be there. All in all, the spices seem well balanced with the caramel and apple without anything overwhelming the other.
The taste is smooth with a dry spicy flavor that doesn’t take over the mouth too much. Nutmeg and cinnamon are the strongest with light hints of allspice. The finish has a dry apple flavor with the sweetness of cider and caramel. Mostly the apple content made the finish dry rather than adding flavor, but I think it was balanced pretty well with the caramel malts and apple cider added.
This beer was similar to pumpkin ales in spice flavor, but without the pumpkin. So if you are a fan of the spices, and a spice content that does not overwhelm the palate, then is beer would be acceptable for you.
For approximately $100, we made just shy of four cases of beer. I think that for a tad over $1 per bottle that this beer was an excellent value and worth making again.
I’d say it doesn’t taste like a caramel apple, but it does taste like one of those spiced teas that you can pick up during the fall season. I was happy with the overall results and would brew this again. Most people that have tried it like it as well, and I think its best attribute is that it is not over-spiced. Maybe next time I’ll add some chai to make it similar to a spiced tea and it’ll be a real winner.

Beer Stats
Style: Amber Ale
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 6.50%
BA Score: N/A
RB Score: N/A

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Written by Jeff Kupko

Jeff is a traffic engineer that loves his beer, and especially loves trying new beer. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Yuengling was a staple and the beginnings of liking something better than fizzy yellow water. This has evolved into an entire hobby, with Jeff keeping a blog of all of the beers he tries. Vacations most certainly involve at least one brewery or bottle shop visit to gather a region’s coveted fruits. Now, Jeff has ventured into homebrewing, and there is probably no saving him from being engulfed entirely by beer. While Imperial Stouts and IPAs rank highest in Jeff’s eyes, sours are sneaking up on those styles, and Jeff loves to try all different styles. Find Jeff Kupko on Google Plus

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