The Cannibal

Pennsylvania
United States
The Cannibal, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

A golden Belgian-style ale. Its complex flavors and dry finish are accented by a nose of tropical fruit and dry spice.

Profile

ABV: 
7.8%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
40º F
Hops: 
Styrian Goldings, Czech Saaz
Malts: 
Pilsner
Judges Review 
Brian Eichhorn's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The Cannibal by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant was judged as a 25c Belgian Golden Strong Ale.

The beer pours a hazy gold that appears to have some suspended particulate, very fine with a frothy white head that persists. The nose is quite clean, though distinctly Belgian. Lightly peppery and lemony, almost saison-like. Low vanilla phenols support the citrusy notes and a relatively high spicy hop nose. Quite pleasant and appropriate. At tasting, distinctly Belgian with white pepper and a hint of clove, along with vanilla undertones. I do note a distinct solventy ester that also adds to the mouthfeel. Quite well attenuated with a pleasing medium high bitterness, perhaps accentuated by suspended yeast. Well balanced, though I wish the beer was fully bright, as this contributes a roughness rather than a pillowy note. This could be a function of difficulty in decanting from a can. Doesn't seem to have any refermented character, which is good. The mouthfeel is warming with some astringency. There is a peculiarity to the mouthfeel, almost umami feeling due to the suspension. Overall, a really well balanced and refreshing beer that checks the boxes, but I'd be sure to let the can sit and carefully decant to ensure prime condition.