Green Leaf Burning Rock Ale

greenleaf_brewingBrewer: Green Leaf Brewing, Vancouver BC
Style: Rock Ale
Alc/Vol: 5.5%
IBUs: 25

Description: A specialty beer produced by the brewery, this beer is fashioned by placing red-hot granite into beer wort. This results in a beer that has pronounced malts and caramelized flavor. It is then bottle conditioned to achieve a balanced flavor that is malt-forward and very syrupy.

Tasting Notes: This beer was a twofold introduction. For one, it was the first time I’ve ever had a beer from the Green Leaf Brewery. Second, it was the first and only time I have ever heard of a rock ale; which I have to admit is a pretty cool concept, and has some pretty damn cool results! This ale is not only smooth and very drinkable, its very rich in terms of its malt and caramel flavor.

Appearance: Deep ruby red, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong, syrupy malts, sweet breads, mild hops
Taste: Smooth malt, mild tang, hint of floral, herbal hops, strong caramel finish
Aftertaste: Lingering malt flavor, tang and viscous mouth feel
Overall: 9/10

And in the meantime, enjoy this video of the rock ale production process: