By Iron Chef Leftovers
I know I have said this before, but I don’t really like ginger in my beer. Don’t get me wrong, I love ginger, I use it frequently in my cooking, but I feel like it tends to overpower the subtle flavors of beer to the point where it is all you end up tasting. Populuxe put on tap their Gingersnap Amber recently, and I decided that I needed to try it with some reluctance. The beer clocks in at just 5.5% ABV.
The beer pours amber in color with notes of toffee, malt and gingerbread on the nose. Gingersnap drinks heavier than it smells, starting off with a mild yeastiness before moving into light toffee and caramel notes which pleasantly linger for a long time before moving into a delicious cookie like flavor with hints of sugar and very light ginger coupled with light molasses and toffee. The finish is extremely long and pleasant, reminding me of a really nice gingerbread cookie without the crumbs. Well balanced and easy drinking, this beer manages to draw some big flavors into the picture without having to empty the spice rack or overpowering the palate.
Populuxe Gingersnap Amber preps for the holidays with 4 warm cookies out of 5.