As we may have mentioned, we here at Craft Beer Social love to support local product, so when I spied this heretofore unknown (to me) brewery’s product on the shelf, it jumped to the top of the list. (Update: When I went to tag this post, I discovered that Jim actually reviewed this beer six months ago…Batch TWO! I’m such a slacker.) Not sure what the size of Cody Brewing Company‘s operation is, but they certainly evoke the image of a guy in his garage based on the stamped-on name and hand-written batch number. And the small bit of text on the side of the label is speaking my language:
“Brewed and bottled in Amesbury, Mass. this craft beer combines traditional styles with rule breaking ideas that helps to create some of what we [so there are two guys!] feel are the most interesting beers on earth. Good Beer :: Good Buddies :: Good Times.”
Appearance: Pours a very nice caramel color, slightly cloudy. Relatively thin head that recedes quickly leaving a slight film on the surface.
Smell: Hops, slight grapefruit and pine. None are over the top though. Not the most fragrant beer I’ve tried.
Taste: Medium mouth feel on this one with light carbonation, and a slightly oily character especially near the end. Predominant flavor notes are caramel, some very mild citrus, and the ubiquitous piney flavor. Nice hop bitterness at the finish, but at 59 IBU’s it’s far from punishing. A very well balanced and drinkable beer. “No Name” seems to suit this beer well. It’s solid, enjoyable, but doesn’t boast a really memorable signature flavor profile. I liked it, I’d have it again, and hey, the brewery’s in Amesbury, Mass. so they’ve got that going for them.
Which is, y’know, nice.
Vitals: Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass (do I really need to type this anymore?). Served at about 48F. Batch 6. 5.5% ABV, 59 IBU. Scruff McGruff, Chicago Illinois 60652.
Taste: A solid B. Invited to a session party any time.
Drinkability: A- Smooth and balanced.