Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday Night Suds - Lakefront Brewery Growing Power Farmhouse Style Organic Pale Ale

This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Lakefront Brewery's Growing Power Farmhouse Style Organic Pale Ale.

To answer the question I am sure you are dying to ask, no I don't know why Lakefront Brewery gave this beer the mouthful odd name "Growing Power Farmhouse Style Organic Pale". Although the beer claims to be "certified organic" it is not in any way shape or form an American Pale Ale, nor does the brewery give you and information as to how this beer is produced using any form of recycled material or renewable energy source.

So now that I got my brief rant out of the way, lets talk about the beer itself. The beer has some phenols and clove flavors which are not characteristic of an American Pale Ale. There are some hops (think more spicy and less citrusy) but it is not the clean taste you would expect from an American Pale Ale. In fact, the beer itself is more like a cross between a hefeweizen and an IPA  then any APA I have ever tasted. Having said that, the beer is quite drinkable and has a slightly elevated abv (6.75% abv) which gives a slightly barley wineish alcohol flavor which actually works well with the spice in the hops and the phenols/cloves.

I would recommend this beer with heavily dressed salads or other light fare with spices of their own. I do not see this as a cholent or bbq beer as the flavors in this brew would not stand up to more bold smoked meaty character dishes.

Lakefront Brewery's Growing Power Farmhouse Style Organic Pale Ale is under the kosher supervision of the Star-K (there is even a Star-K on the label). For the experts' take on the brew, please click here

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