As an avid homebrewer, I spend more time than I care to admit coming up with weird recipes that I may one day get around to brewing. These future recipes are saved in a folder and there are dozens of future projects waiting to be brewed.
If that folder grew to thousands of recipes I doubt an English pale ale brewed with vanilla and cinnamon would find its way in the folder. That may seem like a weird or obvious comment but that is why I am interested in trying the beer I have set up for tonight’s review. Tonight’s beverage of choice is Snickerdoodle by Community Beer Co. out of Dallas. As mentioned before it is an English-style pale ale brewed with Marris Otter, pureed vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. While that is not something I would seek out to brew or purchase from a shelf I am curious to try it to see if it works. After all, I would have said this about a few beers that I have grown to love so you never know.
The beer pours a hazy gold-orange with a frothy finger of tiny bubbles that stick around for a while. The nose is about what I would expect with vanilla and cinnamon making up most of the bouquet with a touch of bready malt and caramel coming through and that’s about it. It’s not the most complex nose but not off-putting in any way. It smells pretty similar to a snickerdoodle cookie, so far they seemed to hit what the brewery was going for.
As I grab the glass for my first sip I can’t shake the fear that this is going to taste like a basic cream ale with way too much vanilla and cinnamon but I am hoping I am wrong. The first thing I notice with the first sip is a great creamy mouthfeel. Community nailed the carbonation levels on this one. My fears are put to rest with the first sip as the adjuncts are front and center but not overpowering or cloying. The doughy malt gives the beer some base that melds well with the snickerdoodle adjuncts and the beer finishes fairly clean with a lingering cinnamon flavor. I can’t find any major flaws and I could see the appeal for this beer. Snicker Doodle Ale is easy to drink and overall it is pretty well made. I am also impressed with the head retention as it’s sticking around all the way to the end of the pour.