Beer Blog: War of 1812

| June 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, the Pratt Street Ale House is reenacting the war – with beer! The brewmaster, Steve of the in-house Oliver Breweries, is from England, and his assistant brewer, Derek, is American. Steve has brewed an IPA using all British ingredients (hops, malt, and yeast) and Derek has brewed an IPA using all American ingredients. Both beers are available on draft at Pratt Street Ale House. Order both and you will receive a ballot to cast your vote for which beer you like more and help determine the winner of the war! Here were my impressions of each beer.

“The War Of 1812 (Rule Brittania)” – The English version of the IPA is golden in color with a very thin head. It has a sweet citrus aroma. It has a solid malt body balanced nicely by a large amount of hops. The flavor is a little sweet biscuity malt up followed by sharp lingering pine and very bitter grapefruit.

“The War Of 1812 (God Bless America)” – The American IPA is amber, slightly darker than the English beer. It has a dark cream colored fluffy, long-lasting head with a mild pine and grapefruit aroma. The body is much lighter and it drinks a bit more smoothly. The taste is mild caramel, then a flood of grassy hops followed by lingering bitter grapefruit rind.

This was a great experience to try these beers side-by-side. At a price of only $4 for a 10-ounce mug of each, I plan to go back and try them again!

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I'm a South Baltimore resident that commutes and travels everywhere I can via bicycle. Craft beer used to be a hobby that grew into what might be considered an obsession. When I'm not sampling new beers, you can usually find me either running through the streets of Baltimore training for my next race, in the weight room, or playing with my dogs. Geotechnical engineering pays the bills.
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