This Pale Ale was named for John Payne, who transformed Wedge studios into the collaborative space that it is now. Reminiscent of the harvest moon, this beer was light copper in color. We were (literally) like a kids in a candy store drinking this brew. Amidst the malty sweetness and the light hop aroma, was the faint scent of strawberry hard candy. Other candy store staples made their way into the taste – rock candy and candy cigarettes. The sweetness was balanced with a mild bitterness, and a light body made it extremely drinkable.
It may not have been the season for sweet tea, but our experience with the IPA was as close as we would get in January. The color was on the orange side of ice tea, with minimal head. We got a caramel sweetness on the nose paired with a brassy hop aroma. Both made us feel as though we were sitting on the front porch of the farm - we could even smell the hay. Sweet and citrusy, with a dry, hoppy finish, this beer was a refreshing way to start our tour of Asheville.
This Oatmeal Stout was self-respecting with a dark brown color and tan head. With roasted coffee and brown sugar sweetness on the nose, the aroma woke us up after our travels and substantial meal at 12 Bones. The smooth-bodied stout went down easily and was followed by a pleasant bitter aftertaste that got you ready for your next sip.
As we all sipped on these brews, the porter could not have been more appropriately named. It was dark, much like the semi-bitter baking chocolate that we detected in the nose. This was accompanied by notes of coffee and alcohol. The body was surprisingly light and effervescent, with the roasted quality as the primary taste.
This Belgian Strong Golden Ale looks innocent with it's marigold color, fluffy white head and super-fine carbonation. Even the sweet smell and cotton candy taste give it a young feel, but don't let it fool you. The medicinal touch is a reminder of the 10.8% ABV, but then the nice clean finish swoops in and makes you feel guilt-free again.
Fine carbonation was hidden in this dark stout, giving way to a dark tan head. This beer's promise to be 'intensely decadent' was kept with raspberries and chocolate on the nose (chocolate mousse topped with fresh raspberries on the mind). These flavors carried through to the taste. And like the best pairs of shoes we could dress this beer down--as we munched on peanuts, the beer took on more of a trail mix quality, the tart finish like coveted dried cherries.
The color of late-season honey, but clear and finely carbonated, the 3rd Rail reals you in with its appearance. With double the hops of the Iron Rail, it packs a mighty citrus hop aroma, with some bubblegum and pine action. A clean malty sweetness gives way to a forward, lingering bitterness with a touch of liquor flavor. Despite the strong aromas and flavors, this brew maintains a light body.