New Hampshire’s White Birch Brewing Company first started distributing their beers here in Minnesota last year, and so far I haven’t given them too close of a look, but tonight I will be checking out another beer of theirs. It is a Smoked Beer with 7% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) called White Birch Tavern Ale.
White Birch Tavern Ale is just a shade lighter than black, with no light getting through at any point when held up to a source. A small brown head tops it off briefly, before dissolving into a thin film.
The nose is malt-centric, with smoked malts mingling with toasty malts with hints of chocolate.
Toasty malts start things off in the taste, accented with smoked and roasted malt, hints of darker fruit esters, low hop bitterness and leafy hop flavor. The mouth is medium-full bodied with a medium level of carbonation.
White Birch Tavern Ale isn’t earth shattering, but overall it is a pretty nice beer. I think this was released 3 or 4 months ago, so things might be mellowed out since then, but a bit more smokiness in the flavor might take this up a few points.
White Birch Tavern Ale : B-
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz