What better beer to review on the Fourth of July than the beer based on Thomas Jefferson’s own beer recipe? (He’s the guy who drafted the Declaration of Independence.)
Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale is a historical interpretation by Yards Brewing Co. of a beer using a recipe from (duh) Thomas Jefferson. Unlike the beer based on Washington’s recipe, this is a beer that I wouldn’t mind having in my regular rotation!
How neat is that? This 8% ABV beer is quite good and I particularly enjoyed the buttery taste!
Anyway, the beer began nicely enough pouring a nice golden color and forming a thick, creamy white head.
The aroma way very interesting, and I thought there was a good balance of sweet and spice in the mix. Not that hoppy, which surprised me for some reason, but I guess it makes sense. Just a stretch, but the other ‘Ale of the Revolution’ based on a Benjamin Franklin recipe uses spruce tips instead of hops I think because hops were hard to come by. So, a low-hop ale might have been the thing back then. (Just guessing here!)
Anyway, this beer had in interesting aroma and the taste was up to the challenge as well! Again, there was sweetness, my brain says caramel, but there was also a very smooth buttery flavor that I loved! It reminded me of another Yards beer, their ESA which also had this characteristic.
I found it to be spicier tasting that smelling, but again it was complimentary and well balanced. Not sure what the spices were, but they left a nice prickle that keeps it interesting all the way.
I found my beer to be relatively low-carbonated, not too bubbly, and it had a great, creamy mouthfeel. An easy beer to enjoy for sure, and each sip seeped better than the last. My only regret is that I only purchased a single, but unlike the George Washington molasses beer, I’ll be heading back for more.
So there you go. Happy birthday America!