Beer: Banana Bread Beer
Brewery: Wells & Young’s
Style: English Strong Ale/ Fruit Beer
This Banana Bread Beer was one I’ve seen on shelves often. Occasionally I’d see someone pick it out to try. I’ve heard mixed reviews on it from the few friends I know that have tried it. That is why this weekend I finally decided to form an opinion on it myself and added it to my mix six pack.
After dinner last night I popped open the bottle of this Banana Bread beer. I tried to push both the negative and positive opinions I’ve heard out of my head as I poured it into a glass. Almost immediately the aroma of bananas infiltrated my nostrils. The ale was a dark copper in color and poured a thin head. The head dissipated quickly leaving behind an almost nonexistent lace. It wasn’t very bubbly after that in fact if it sat still too long it almost looked liked a glass of whiskey.
With those observations noted I took my first sip. With the cup at my lips now all I could smell were bananas, ripe bananas. The taste, however, confused me. That’s the best adjective I can think of to explain the initial taste. It tasted like an off mix of spice, malt, and overripe bananas. It was smooth and light in body. It had a certain spice to it that helped it to end on the banana bread note that I was expecting sooner. The aftertaste was banana bread at first then faded into that odd banana spice flavor again.
If you don’t like bananas I wouldn’t give this a try. If you like bananas you can try it to form your own opinion… but I like bananas and this still was an odd choice to me. Personally it reminded me of Runts, the fruit shaped candies from my childhood. I used to skip over the banana shaped Runts, which is kind of what this beer reminded me of, something I would skip over. I really don’t have much else to say on it other than I can now say I’ve tried it. So if you decide to give this beer a taste do let me know what you think. I’d be interested to hear others opinions on this uniquely flavored brew.