Sunday, 21 December 2014
Vulcan Ale comes from Calgary, Alberta's Pluto's Moon Beer Co. This beer contains a reasonable 5.4% alcohol, 33 IBUs, and comes in 473mL cans that make a solid commitment to the Star Trek theme. I took part in a joint review of this Irish Red Ale with my pal Ryan.
According to Ryan, a beer drinker of few words, the nose had a crisp, fresh lightness. There was a solid onset with a weak finish. He called it the kind of beer that you'd drink on a hot day.
My own take was that there was a malt-driven aroma, with rich notes of caramel, brown sugar, and biscuit. It had a very smooth texture and a round, malty flavour. There was considerable sweetness, cloaked in caramel, and a touch of breadiness. The finish kept up the breadiness, and also had a faint dusting of hops edge. This wasn't a bad brew, but other than the odd Vulcan packaging, it wasn't particularly memorable. Also, the label declares this stuff to be "mind-melding good". Why not "mind-meldingly good"?
Rating: Ryan--7.0 out of 10, Stout Man--7.0 out of 10