Red Hook Audible Ale

"A crushable ale brewed in collaboration with Dan Patrick."

Is that good? Who is Dan Patrick? Why do I want him messing with my ale? Is he from Seattle? Is that why you had him help you make it? Were you not good enough at making beer that you had to bring in someone else? Does his show cover beer and how to make it? Are you just an apprentice, and he actually made the beer? Are you just following his old family recipe? Did he accidentally fall into the vat, and you are brewing fermented Dan?

The pour is a not particularly cloudy kind of reddish straw color. The minimal head dissipates into a razor thin coating that rests on top and clings at the sides. The aroma seems a bit off, but the "bottled on" date is March 1st, so it should be well within the drinkable period. I can definitely smell the malt, and I get hints of grains there.

First sip - it's not off, so that's good. It's still got a bit of something that isn't quite right going on. I'm not sure what it is, but it's masking the rest of the flavor pretty well. The grains peek through just a tiny bit, and the sweet malts do as well, but I can barely taste any hops. Now, it is supposed to be "crushable," so maybe a big ol' heap of beer is what is required to enjoy this one. After all, I bought six of these, and I really hope I didn't waste my money.

Okay, I could probably crush a few of these, but I'm not sure I could enjoy a few of these. The malts are competing for dominance, the grains are complaining, and the hops are a shell of what they need to be, huddled in a corner, whispering that everything is going to be alright. But, it's not going to be alright. Instead, it's going to be an odd beer that tries too hard to do something, and it is not entirely clear what that something really is.



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