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Hilliard’s 12th Can


A beer specifically made for the 12th Man. Texas A&M? Naw, Seattle stole that and made it theirs. This is for you, Hawks fans. Boy, do I love me some marketing. That aside, let’s get into the beer. It’s a “session” pale ale, so a pale ale. It features Maris Otter (interesting), and Crystal malts with Cascade hops. Am I using too many commas?

American Pale Ale. 4.5% ABV. 32 IBUs. Washington.

Burnt yellow color with a really small head that doesn’t leave a trace.

Huh. It’s actually got a Belgian character. Must be using a Belgian yeast strain. Otherwise, it’s pretty malty, and a hair sweet.

Light body, high carbonation. Shotgun!

Slightly tart, slightly sweet. Definitely tastes like a Belgian strain. A bit spicey, with a half-way decent grainy finish. The hops aren’t very present, but it’s fairly bitter.

It’s okay. I don’t really see Hawks fans going crazy for it. 85 points.

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