Welcome to Brew of the Week! The first brew for my new weekly review is Huckleberry Cream Ale. Its brewed and canned by the Laughing Dog Brewing Co. This is an Idaho brand, made in the city of Ponderay. This is a darker ale, which I’m not typically a fan of, however when it’s made; it ferments with real and freshly picked huckleberries. This mixture made it appeal to a person such as myself.
When you first take a sip, the strength of the wheat ale essence hits you, but then the flavor of the huckleberries begins to melt in with the flavor, smoothing it out. The creaminess then hits and leaves you with a fantastic overall tasting brew.
Once it’s swallowed, the after taste immediately kicks in and leaves you with the great flavor of huckleberries.
This isn’t a brew that you want to just chug or drink quickly. It’s great for sipping, or taking a hearty mouthful to enjoy the quality mix of ingredients.
Overall out of a scale of 1-10 (10 being best) I’d give this ale an 8.5/10.This would be a rare score from me for any darker ale; I suggest giving it a try if your area carries it, or if you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest of the country. Keep an eye out for next week’s review!
~J. A. Ross