Believer (Ninkasi Brewing Company) 4/5

This Eugene treat pours a thick head with a damp earth aroma of cherries and caramel. Color presents as dark red, bordering on dark orange, with flavors of tart cherries, subtle woody sweetness, and grapefruit finish. It could almost be a winter warmer if not for the hops, which are slightly too strong. The first chilly winds started last night in Portland, so let’s call this 6.9% ABV beer a fall warmer.

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