P49 Suspect Device Gruit

gruitBrewer: Parallel 49 Brewing, Vancouver, BC / Crannog Ales, Sorrento, BC
Style: Gruit
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: Unlisted

Description: Another installment in the Brews Brothers Volume 2 pack. This beer, which was produced in collaboration with Crannog Ales, is named after the song Suspect Device by Stiff Little Fingers. It is done in the traditional style known as Gruit, a malt-forward, hop-free variety that predates the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.

Tasting Notes: Gruits are a bit of a challenge for me, as they tend to come with some rather heavy spices. However, this one had very little spice to speak of, which really let the malt flavor through. I was reminded of a good bock or winter ale, with a smooth, rich malt base with some mild hints of cider, nutmeg and clove spice.

Appearance: Deep amber/red, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, hints of orchard fruit, minerals, alcohol, mild notes of nutmeg and clove
Taste: Smooth malt start, hint of dry cider and brown sugar, mild spices, mineral tang 
Aftertaste: Lingering malt and dry cider flavor, spices and minerals 
Overall: 8/10