Brewery: Big Bay Brewing Co., Shorewood, Wisconsin
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Glassware: Big Bay stange
Information: 4.8% ABV, 26 IBUs
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
Pairings: Buttered popcorn and a movie.
Beautiful clarity shows off the trickle of carbonation rising through the rusted orange skin beer. The head starts as a dense pile but drops to a skim while leaving plenty of wispy lace adorning the glass.
From the beautiful-looking Boatilla comes a nice amber nose that’s all too belittled by the aroma of buttered popcorn. Sticky burnt caramel lingers behind the off-aroma with tempting notes of toast and a nudge towards herbal hops.
Hops trail off in the nose but make a big push in flavor, covering up most of that buttered popcorn scent with earthy floral and herbal qualities. Malt drops back, offering a touch on caramel sweetness but leans much more towards dry toast.
Medium-light bodied Boatilla is fairly carbonated, more so than the rather quiet appearance might suggest but, it’s got a slick feel across the palette with a finish that falls away to nothing as dry hop bitterness drops out quickly.
Boatilla is comfortable drifting in a sea of ambers lazily, seeming not to care which direction it heads. The nose might strike you like walking into a movie theater but the flavor takes a different path away from malt and towards subdued earthy hop tones. Boatilla is an approachable beer for the masses, I’ll give it that.
Score: 63 / 100 – Average