I made the mistake of opening this beer without reading the description of the beer. The only thing I knew about it was the ABV at 3.8% so I assumed it would be a light easy drinking beer for a nice summer day. What I didn’t realize is First Sparrow is a smoked beer which was completely not what I wanted.
This beer looks really great with a nice hazy orange color and thick white head. My first hint that this beer was not what I thought was in the nose, nice smoke and wheat aroma. Taste is where this one really lost me with plenty of smoky flavor and a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Smoke flavors linger long after you are done drinking.
First Sparrow is very flavorful and quite enjoyable, I will try this beer again in the future and may update this review as the 2.5 star rating may be a bit harsh simply because I failed to read what I was drinking.
Pros: Flavorful Cons: Alcohol Content: 3.8% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: White Birch Brewers Description: A contemporary take on the near forgotten Grodziski style, First Sparrow flies from the netherworld of antiquated beer and straight into your heart. Smoked and heavily hopped, our little bird chirps her three note song, and spring is here. Brewed with wheat and Rauchmalts, a neutral german ale strain, and lovely german hops.
I picked this beer up at the brewery in January. If I remember correctly Bill came across this at one of his distributors and decided to bring the beer back to the brewery to sell. This was originally bottled in January 2012 and has been sitting for some time. Being a saison that really should not hurt the flavor profile much although I am sure it tasted different when it was bottled last year.
Color is a cloudy brown with a nice tan head. I am not sure what Jasmine smells like but I assume that is what this beer smells like. Small amount of malts, etc but most of what I get is flowery aroma. Taste follows the nose with lots of flowery tastes and only a bit of farmhouse funk to it. The first sip caught me off guard but as I went back for more and more it grew on me.
A very interesting and unique beer that I am glad I had a chance to try but I doubt I will be searching out another bottle.
Pros: Unique Cons: Flowery Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: White Birch Brewers Description: With this release by Kate Wallace, our ninth brewer apprentice, we bring you a special Belgian inspired ale. Like the precious Jasmine of the orient, this rich red ale offers a nuanced spiciness with a smooth medium bodied malt backbone and a dry finish.
As Kate moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy her beer as much as we do.
After finishing (drain pouring) the remainder of my Sea Dog growler I moved on to a growler from White Birch of a similar but much better beer.
Tavern Ale has an interesting story (read brewer description below) and is brewed as an Imperial Brown with plenty of smoked flavors. The beer pours almost black with no head. Aroma is subtle but pleasant with smokey malts and maybe some dark fruits. Taste follows the nose with a mild smokey flavor and slight bitterness. Beer is easy to drink and masks the alcohol well.
Overall this beer was very enjoyable and at 8% ABV it is a little sneaky.
Pros: Mild smokey flavor – not overpowering Cons: Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: White Birch Brewing Brewers Description: Butter’s Tavern was a fixture of Concord, NH in the eighteenth century. Inspired by their loggerhead ale, we’ve created a Smoked Imperial Brown Ale. Hearty malts, with a nuanced smokiness and smooth finish create our interpretation of this historic ale. We hope you enjoy this slice of New Hampshire history.
In November of 2011 we were proud to learned that Draft Magazine recognized our Tavern Ale as one of the Top 25 beers of 2011!
I stopped by White Birch Brewing for the first time a couple weeks ago and grabbed a couple of growlers of their Hop Session Ale. This is another growler to add to my collection and reminds me I need to update that post as it has been a while. It was great timing as I had a family gathering to go to on Sunday and a couple growlers of a fairly low ABV beer was the perfect thing to bring along.
The beer pours a very nice light orange with a solid two finger head. Aroma is reserved but pleasant with a bit of floral hops and some caramel malts. Not a lot happening with the aroma but what is there is nice. Taste is quite nice for a low ABV beer with a nice sweet start followed by some slightly bitter, citrus hops and a nice clean crisp finish.
The name of this beer pretty much says it all as it is slightly hoppy and certainly sessionable at just a hair over 5% ABV.
Pros: Low ABV, decent amount of aroma and flavor
Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: White Birch Brewing Brewers Description: Hop Session is in. Starting with a blend of west coast hops for a balanced, bitter effect. We close the session out by late hopping the beer for a nice resiny mouth feel.
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