GrassLands Brewery is a new craft brewery 'in planning' out of Tallahassee, Florida. Owner Gabe Grass recently gave Pensacola Beer the opportunity to review the first version of one of GrassLands' eventual flagship beers: the Le Roi Rouge (the Red King) Imperial Red.
Gabe describes the beer as a 'higher gravity and earthy hopped American Amber/English Pale hybrid with select specialty malts'. He's shooting for a 'medium to slightly full bodied ale with a complex malt backbone, complemented by spicy and floral hop flavors/aromas and some dark fruit flavors/aromas' (7.8% ABV, 15 SRM, 53 IBUs).
The beer was brewed June 30th and bottled July 24th. We received the beer on August 13 and reviewed it on August 22nd using the Beer Advocate Ratings System.
A brackish brown with a hint of red. A large white head (2 fingers) and heavy carbonation. Not the most inviting beer appearance wise, though the appearance may be common for this type of beer.
A strong floral aroma with a hint of dark fruit. A few roasted malt notes.
Spicy in the beginning with noticeable alcohol. A smooth middle balanced between roasted malts and floral notes. A short finish highlighted with a hint of fruit.
Medium body with heavy carbonation.
A very drinkable beer. Besides the initial alcohol bite, it was smooth and balanced. I could easily see myself enjoying a couple at one sitting, or recommending it to someone that doesn't normally drink beer.
Final Score: 3.63
Comments: I'd love to see the flavors (floral, malts, spices) brought out and intensified to leave a more memorable and lasting impression. Still, an impressive and unique drinking experience. We're expecting great things from GrassLands Brewery.