Bench Creek Brewing Dead Woodsman – American Pale Ale at 5.2% ABV | 40 IBU

Bench Creek Brewing Dead Woodsman American Pale Ale at 5.2% ABV | 40 IBU (C$3.42 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 19-Jul-2018, acquired 11-Sep-2018, reviewed 14-Sep-2018)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: caramel and bready malt, grass, citrus, floral. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mildly bitter finish. (3/5)

I was wondering why the bear was wearing a suit, but then I did a little noodling about and realized this is just a re-branded Naked Woodsman. Apparently there was some legal kerfuffle? And I suppose the bear is a lawyer? In any case, yeah – why they’d resurrect this one is actually slightly beyond me, because I think it’s one of the worst beers they do. Their IPA, DIPA, and Black IPA are all very well done, and modern in their interpretation of the styles. This is a sad, malty, old-fashioned APA that doesn’t thrill me at all. Well done? Sure. If you like malty APAs. (12/20)

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