I know some folks load up their wheats, weiss and wits with some orange peel and sometimes a smidge of coriander seed – but a “brown” beer with Orange peel in it? That’s just got to be mad, hasn’t it?
Well, no. Not completely…
Orange Peel beer is nicely carbonated and the colour of slightly-more-wholesome-looking Irn Bru.
The aroma is yeastily fruity and big on the malt, I can’t detect a strong orange aroma, but it’s obviously there and is well-meshed into the overall hops and malt theme. You can almost smell the sweetness of the malt bill, which as I understand it, is prett-much dominated by Munich malt.
The taste is quite sweet, but not cloyingly so. It’s quite “Bockish” with a strong malty presence and some nice mineral notes that seem to bolt everything in place. Again there’s a sizeable fruity note in there, but it’s not over-bearingly orangey. The sweetness, fruitiness and just a hint of bitter lingers on in the after-taste.
I feel that this is very much a “dessert” sort of beer and would go well with something else. Cake maybe, oh hold on: Christmas cake or even Christmas pudding. What a good idea.
I also think that this beer is crying out to be paired up with something gingery, too. Hmmm…