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Beer Review #100 Infinium Ale

I figured with my 100th beer review that I should get something special. Well I did just that and grabbed a bottle of Boston Beer’s Infinium Ale. This beer received a lot of press when it came out and the reaction from the craft beer drinking public was a slightly mixed. Before I go into the review, let’s hear what Boston Beer has to say about their beer.

Our brewers worked for two years with the world’s oldest brewery, Germany’s Weihenstephan, to create this unique new beer style. A groundbreaking brew, made with only the four traditional ingredients: malted barley, hops, water and yeast, Infinium™ is a crisp champagne-like beer with fine bubbles and a fruity, spicy aroma. The crisp clean malt character and delicate fruit notes in this beer are complemented by a slight citrus flavor from dry hopping with Bavarian Noble hops. Bottle conditioning adds another layer of complexity and light spice notes.

Before reviewing this beer I also want to note how cool the bottle and overall packaging for this beer is. It has a great shaped bottle, beautiful screen printing, and a nice cork cover. One I removed aforementioned cork cover I popped the top and pour up a glass (or 4). I choose the only champagne-like glass I had and poured away. This ale came out a nice golden, orange color with a fluffy white head. It was perfectly clear and had tons of bubbles.

The nose was very sweet and reaked of champagne. Overall I thought this beer smelled like it was advertised. There wasn’t a lot of complexity to my nose, but I’m not schooled in the champagne world so the subtle notes were hard to come by. The taste was a good mix of beer and champagne. It was decidedly more on the champagne side of the scale, but it had beer qualities. It had a slight tang to it, but there was a solid bready flavor that represented the beer world well.

I found this beer very drinkable. The 10.3% ABV that it comes in at is very well hidden as well. Almost dangerously so. This is not a typical beer, but I think drinkers of champagne and beer could both appreciate what was done here. The average cost for a bottle of this is around $20, so it hits the wallet hard. It also gives new meaning to the phrase “champagne taste on a beer budget.” If you have some disposable income that you don’t want to give to me, give it to this beer and try it out. (more…)