Beer of the Weekend #813: Liquid Bread

It’s been a while since I filled one of my growlers, so I walked down to the Iowa City Brewlab and filled my mini-growler with Liquid Bread — literally and figuratively.

The color is lightly hazy amber brown (which I guess would make it mahogany). A finger of buttery, light tan head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves bubbles and a skim. The aroma is sweet, malty, and inviting with scents of light caramel and chocolate. There is also a scent of toasted malt. Despite the sweetness of the aroma, the flavor has quite a pleasant bite and spiciness. Caramel and chocolate are prominent flavors as well, but a floral bitterness bites the taste buds and lingers after each sip. It has a nice toasted character, too. Cherry licorice is also noticeable. This beer is very British, like a cross between a brown ale and an English IPA, though leaning IPA. The floral hops and spice become more prominent as the beer warms.

Fun facts about Liquid Bread:

• Style: Brown ale.

• Price: $8 for a 32-ounce growler fill at the Iowa City Brewlab.

• ABV: 5.3 percent.

• IBU: 28.

• Liquid Bread was brewed in collaboration with the New Pioneer Co-op. The mash included 120 pounds of New Pi bread. What kind of bread? The Brewlab beer menu did not say, but I assume some rye was mixed in.

The Quiet Man’s grade: A-.

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