Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company
Style: California Common / Steam Beer
Other Notes: Dry-hopped beer
Brewer Description: (from website) In the spring of 2014, our friends of Chris Robinson Brotherhood released their album “Phosphorescent Harvest” and kicked off their U.S. tour in the SF Bay Area. To celebrate, we tapped the first keg of our Brotherhood Steam Beer, a Golden State Collaboration of handcrafted California tunes and handcrafted California brews.
Inspired by the brewing tradition of our flagship, Anchor Steam® Beer, Brotherhood Steam Beer is brewed with its own unique recipe. A distinct malt bill gives the beer its copper color, and dry-hopping with Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops adds aromatic hints of citrus and mint. The result is a smooth, full-bodied malt flavor with a lingering, fresh hop finish.
A long-standing English brewery tradition is to designate their beers, “Ordinary”, “Best or Special”, and “Extra Special Bitter” (ESB) to note beers of increasing strength.
In the spirit of that tradition, we like to think of Brotherhood Steam Beer as an Extra Special Lager (ESL), aka “The Gig Beer” – an easy drinking brew from the first set to encore.
My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.5
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4
Intro: A 12 fl oz can with no visible canned on or best by date. Poured into a stemmed Mikkeller tasting glass.
Appearance: A clear copper orange colour with a just less than two finger off white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrus orange, citrus zest, grass, herbal, caramel and toasty biscuit.
Taste: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, citrus zest, caramel, biscuit malt sweetness, herbal and floral.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nicely balanced and easy to drink.