Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Empire Brewing Company - White Aphro

Empire Brewing Company - White Aphro
Serving Type: On tap at the brewpub, poured into a pint glass
Empire Brewing Company is a restaurant and pub in Armory Square in Syracuse, NY. They’ve got an extremely varied menu of foods made up of largely locally-sourced ingredients. They’ve also got a brewing operation at the location, which produces many interesting, and differently-styled ales and lagers. First, I had their India Pale Ale, a straightforward IPA, with tons of hops, a cloudy body, and a solid crisp finish. After the meal I ordered their White Aphro Belgian-styled ale.
White Aphro is a Belgian-style take on their Aphrodisiac Ale. This beer is brewed using a Belgian yeast strain and includes wheat malts to produce the distinctive Belgian White flavor. Like the non-Belgian variety, this White version includes prevalent ginger and lavender notes. During the brewing process the ingredients are added to provide a very powerful, but not overblown, complexity of flavor.
While strong, the White Aphro is not overbearing, crisp, and highly drinkable. There’s a slight astringency to the aftertaste, similar to what you might notice in other wheat ales. Worth checking out if you’re in the area, they’ve got a rotating menu of beers brewed on-site.

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