Sunday, May 23, 2010

327. Great Lakes Holy Moses!

Our third beer from Great Lakes—we’ve renewed our efforts to give love to Cleveland and the great state of Ohio, even if it means less beer from the West Coast. Don’t worry, we’ll pull a Benedict Arnold by the end of the week, since I have a trip to San Francisco planned next week anyway. The last two from Great Lakes were Lake Erie Monster and Oktoberfest. Oh, and we had this on tap at the Dublin Pub. And for all you haters who don’t know, Holy Moses is named for Moses Cleaveland, a surveyor (and soldier—go colonialism!) from Connecticut who was part of the surveying party that founded Cleveland on July 22, 1796. Parts those seas and make it safe for whitey, Holy Moses!

Holy Moses has a slightly yeasty and perfume-y nose that carried with it low levels of wheat and bread malt aroma; in the glass, it was a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Flavors start with a soft clean light wheat malt; there is some graininess in the middle, as well as a light citrus and orange flavor—both are accompanied by some light spiciness, which carries on into the end. The finish is slightly bready and clean. Holy Moses has a light body with a soft and creamy mouthfeel; the carbonation is medium, but helps provide a bit of brightness in the mouthfeel, and helps the beer end bright on the palate. An excellent summer time beer that is crisp and refreshing; not too bad for a brewery known more for their dark beers.

From the Great Lakes website: “Known for its crisp and clean taste spiced with orange peel, chamomile and coriander, this is truly a unique brew. Much like a certain city and its founder: Moses Cleaveland.”

ABV: 5.4%
IBU: 30
Malts: Harrington 2-row, Wheat, & Oats
Hops: Hallertau
Other: coriander, chamomile, & orange peel

Incidentially, Moly Moses is also a German thrash metal band; I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t make any thing this good up.


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