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O’Connor Brewing Company

O’Connor Brewing Company
"Backyard Bonfire" Smoked IPA

Category: Smoked Beer

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

O’Connor Brewing Company
"Backyard Bonfire" Smoked IPA

Category: Smoked Beer

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
Minutely hazy amber color. Smoky aromas and flavors of lit bbq woods, smoked jerky, and grilled breads and citrus with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish evoking accents of grilled peach, lemon pepper, and radicchio finish. A vibrant savory, subtly smoked beer with nice intensity and balance.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Bold & Bitter, Hoppy, Malty & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: lit bbq woods, smoked jerky, and grilled breads and citrus
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of grilled peach, lemon pepper, and radicchio
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Brisket, BBQ Chicken, Blue Cheese
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant savory, subtly smoked beer with nice intensity and balance.

The Producer

O’Connor Brewing Co.

The Producer
211 W. 24th street
Norfolk, VA 23517
USA
1 757-623-2337

Smoked Beer

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Serve in a Nonic Pint Glass
The category of smoked beer represents a diverse range of ale styles. Smoked beers range from 5-9.5% in alcohol with further variations depending on the interpretation of the style. These beers are characterized by assertive smoky flavors and aromas resulting from a portion of the malted barley kilned over open fire. Smoke flavors and aromas may be heavily influenced by the total portion of malt kilned using this method in addition to the specific type of wood utilized. Woods such as Beechwood, Cedar and Cherry are commonly used and impart very specific flavors to the final beer. Great examples of beers in this category strike a harmonious balance between both the base beer style and the departed flavors and aromas of the smoked malt. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Rogue Smoke Ale, Caldera Rauch Ür Bock, and Stone Smoked Porter.