The Rapidian: Logan’s Alley adds cask engine to their lineup

Published August 6, 2012 by Matthew Olthoff of The Rapidian

On Friday afternoon, the ribbon was literally cut with a sword. With two pulls, their first cask ale poured smoothly and the glass filled with Arbor Buzz Saw, the gold winning IPA of last year’s World Beer Cup.

Arbor Buzz Saw is slightly more opaque when poured from a cask than the typical draft version, but just as crisp and golden in color. The frothy head settles quickly, but the natural carbonation lingers until the last sip. Although many drinkers may describe cask ale as flat, it is not. Served at cellar temperature, cask ale is less cold than many may expect, hovering between fifty and sixty degrees fahrenheit. Sweet accents of grapefruit and apricot can be detected from the first sip. A blend of Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial Hops subdue the malt character and leave a dry-hoppy finish, typical in many American IPA’s. At 7.5% ABV, Buzz Saw is a smooth drinker.

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