White Birch Brewing Wrigian (365 Day 293)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

White Birch Wrigian

Sometimes I wonder if my taste buds take a hiatus from delivery the correct sensory impulses. When it comes to tasting American craft beer I really believe I have a decent sense of taste but there are those times that my palate is so far away from “average”.

While reviewing American craft beer 293 of 365, Wrigian by White Birch Brewing, the idea above dawned on me. Maybe it was something I ate that day, the mood I was in, or the fact the Cubs just suck, but I just couldn’t get into this beer. Wrigian has pretty good reviews online so I just notched it up to an off night.

Wrigian has a definite yeast and spice, in the form of pepper, that come through on the nose and mouth. There is a dark fruit presence that is conquered by a wave of sweetness that take the beer over. There is a lingering of pepper and sweet that doesn’t leave, lingering far too long.

I don’t get White Birch beers all that often, so if last night was an off night, that sucks. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 6 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 5 (35%), Overall: 6.6

Useless Fact: The famous Boxer Rebellion in China received its name from its association with an ancient Chinese martial art Kung-Fu. During this bloody uprising in northern China in ch’uan (“Harmonious and Righteous Fists”) set out to destroy all foreign influences in China, including schools, churches, and places of commerce and trade. The numbers of this society were well trained in the ancient fighting art of Kung-fu, which, because there was no equivalent word in English to describe it, became known to westerners simply as “boxing.” Hence the uprising was termed the “Boxers’ Rebellion.”

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