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Judge’s Review: 82 Rating - Churro Ale by Garage Brewing Co.

April, 2023

Churro Ale

Churro Ale

United States
Churro Ale, Garage Brewing Co.

Take your taste buds for a crazy ride with this cinnamon and vanilla infused Pale Ale. Tastes just like a fresh churro right out of the fryer and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Flavor: Churro
Aroma: Vanilla and Spice
Balance: Malty Sweetness
Body: Medium

Beverage Profile
Served at: 
45º F
Dingemans Biscuit Malt, Rahr Two-Row, Crisp Crystal 45L, Weyermann Acidulated, Grain Millers Flaked Barley
German Magnum, Mt. Hood



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Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
34 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Churro Ale by Garage Brewing Co. is being judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 30A - Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer.

Huge cinnamon and vanilla sweet spices greet my nose shortly after the beer is placed in front of me. The beer pours a lightly hazy burnt orange with a small, tight-bubbled white head, short retention leaving only a thin, bubbly film atop. This beer is medium-grainy, has a neutral malt flavor with sweet cinnamon and vanilla and a medium-sweet finish.

The spices dominate the aroma, even as I revisit the beer over several minutes, though a sugar cookie malt becomes noticeable later on. Flavor-wise, that same sugar cookie character becomes evident as it warms. The flavor is spice-dominant with only supporting malt. Light body and medium-high carbonation. No warmth, creaminess or astringency in the mouthfeel.

Overall, a spice-dominated beer that could stand on its own as a dessert, though spiced apples and vanilla ice cream with a cookie crumble would pair very well here.