The other day I had an alt. The alt by Arbor Brewing and it was so good I didn't post about it, take a note or nuttin'. I simply marveled at the most robust head on a beer I had ever seen. I also planned how I might find myself in a position to buy more
We stopped into Arbor Brewing when we visited last fall. I had their mild and I think we tried the porter as well. It was a bit too full of undergrads on a Friday night, making me feel like the old fart I am - too much of that rackety music they are listening to these days. I fried my ears listening to punk rock on Radio Shack headphones back in the late 70s so I have a hard time in that sort of setting dealing with the fact that my side of the conversation devolves into "Whaa? Whachusay? Huh?", that sort of thing. But I was impressed with the old school shuffleboard in the back room as well as the beer. On top of that, the next day we realized it was right next to a great chocolate store making perhaps the most perfect retail stretch in terms of congenial marital bliss.
The IPA also pours with a massive off white head, this time over orange amber ale. On the nose, there is plenty of candy cane and bitter greens. In the mouth there are masses of complex bitter salad greens, citrus zest, mineral dryness as well as Seville marmalade. The malt really takes second place to these hops but there are notes of sweet raisin and dried apple.