I normally leave the beer reviews to Andy and Des, but this week at Midweek Beer Geek we got not one but two tastes of one of Minnesota’s newest breweries: Big Wood Brewery out of White Bear Lake, MN.
Their first offering was their Imperial IPA Bad Axe. But they had a surprise for us, a taste of their new and upcoming beer Jack Pine Savage, and American Pale Ale.
The Jack Pine Savage is your typical American Pale Ale. Nice fruity/citrus aroma. Very crisp clean golden color with a little bit of haze (though that might have been the cold temperature the beer was served at). This was you typical American Pale Ale with an earthy bitterness. It had a light mouth feel, and a dry bitter after taste that lingered a little too long. Pretty decent for an American Pale Ale, and will be a great addition to a summer line up. Rating: *1/2 Stars (out of *** or a “Good” rating).
The Bad Axe had a deeper, reddish gold color, hazy. It had a great fruity aroma to it and formed a nice creamy head. It was very sweet, and well carbonated for an Imperial. Medium mouth feel, and a pleasant after taste. It was also NOT bogged down by a heavy alcohol flavor. Overall this is one of the best Imperial IPAs that I have ever had. Rating: *** Stars (out of *** or an “Excellent” rating).
Overall I enjoyed these two offerings and am looking forward to the future of this wonderful Minnesota craft brewery!
|Jack Pine Savage (Left), Bad Axe (Right)|