First off: No. Everything is not awesome. And I’m not just talking about the political tire fire down south.
I came to Backcountry for my first beer in a week (shakes tiny fist at the state of my health), and…I wasn’t deeply unhappy with what I picked. But I wasn’t happy either, and it’s easy to explain why.
I had high hopes. Backcountry has great beer names, and this is no exception; I’m half sold on the name alone. And the beer smells toasty and malty–exactly what I’d like in a brown ale.
The mouthfeel is round and rich. The front end even has some subtle hints of berry from the coffee. There’s also some licorice, which is a bit odd, because that isn’t traditionally part of the style.
The richness in the beer, however comes across as booziness, which is weird in a 6.3% brown ale, and far too much for this style of beer. Also, the back end is bitter-far more bitter than I was expecting it to be.
I’ve been a big fan of their stouts, porters, and brown ales before, so I expect this is just a bit off. It’s not a bad effort, but it’s not their best effort.