John Henry West Indies Pale Ale

Type: pale ale
Origin: Cold Spring, Minnesota
Price:$7.99 per 750 mL
ABV: 9.4%
NSP: 8.8

I should start a new beer series called ‘beers forgotten’. This has been in the back of my fridge since March. If you remember I reviewed another John Henry beer, the Colonial Cream and Brown Ale, which was quite tasty for its non-descriptness. The difference in this one is the aging with Dark Rum oak spirals and a bit more ABV. I’m actually surprised they call this a pale ale at this ABV level since its at least 2% greater than expected.

My first impression is this has a lot of cola qualities; the color and the initial flavor remind me of Coca Cola. That flavor is not long lived, and settles down into an incredibly mellow beer. The rum is evident, but more in the direction of Rum and Coke. It also has a really light mouthfeel. Other than that, there really isn’t much going on. Nothing about it reminds me of a pale ale and there is really no hop quality to speak of. It doesn’t remind me of any other beer I have had, so I guess the uniqueness and price alone should convince you to try this.

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