Look! It’s a brewery whose signature beer isn’t an IPA of some sort!
Okay, so there are a lot of those in the state. I kid. But it’s a rare brewery, such as Due South in Boynton Beach, that has a Caramel Cream Ale for a signature.
And with that beer comes great responsibility to make treatments out of that beer. Such is the case with Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale (Cream Ale, 8.4% ABV).
It’s a mouthful, to say and to taste. It’s a very deep, deep orange in color, and pours beautifully with a big, creamy head. The aromas you get coming off the beer are big in orange (a more candied orange, not a big splash of juicy citrus) and malt.
The flavor of the beer is where things really get complex. First off, you immediately notice the cream ale base. With the regular Caramel Cream Ale, it’s got a medium body with a noticeable sweetness, resplendent with hints of molasses and brown sugar.
This is the Imperial, so the heavy sweet malts are heavier, the molasses and brown sugar flavors more present. This is where the maple kicks in, with an extra added layer of sticky, earthy candy flavors that roll around on the back end as a wonderful aftertaste.
Through it all is an undercurrent of orange, reminiscent of one of those chocolate oranges you have to smack on a table to break apart. It’s a delightful added dimension to the beer, still sweet but in completely different ways from the syrupy flavors found in the rest of the beer.
Mind you, it’s not a beer that can be sessioned in any way. But it is good as a nightcap, meant to be savored and enjoyed.
But not smacked on the table.
Drink Florida Craft,