In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, lawyers are being asked to reserve and protect creative and interesting names for brewers so that their beers are ‘one and only’s’ and not infringed upon by duplicated names in the feverous brewing world. One can only imagine the many, many different names that have been used to keep the buying public amused. We encounter one of those today with a review on Postmortem Pale Ale from Oddball Brewing.
The two gents met during a homebrewing night at a mutual friend’s house. Both had been brewing for decades. They struck up conversation that led to friendship and ultimately to the recent brewery opening. They are located at 6 Glass Street in Suncook, NH. Their 1890‘s historic facility boasts of a taproom where you can purchase growlers and 22 ounce bottles which are also available around the state, and on tap around various eateries in the Concord area. You can learn more about them at www.oddbbrewing.com
Postmortem is a hazy golden-orange ale with a slightly off-white generous head. Lacing around the glass is everlasting and you will pick up bready malt as you approach the glass rim. With a medium mouthfeel, you will realize fruity tendencies, maybe a bit of orange rind and a mild floral character. You won’t be bothered by hops since this beer does a great balancing act of malt against bittering. There is a slight sweetness late in the taste that invites you back time and again. It is a beer that is interesting at the least and deserves a try. At 5.4% ABV, this pale ale will be in your top 10-15 list of selectables when you go shopping for beverages. It is not that it’s such a surprisingly great beer as much as it is just a loyal friend you should depend on.
Most on BeerAdvocate.com agree that this Oddball IPA ranks in the mid-3’s out of 5 rating system. This treat is available with its cousins Wanderlust Wheat, Idle Idol IPA and Sandman Stout at Case-n-Keg in Meredith and Laconia as well as other well stocked beer emporiums. As stated on their labels, “Life is too short not to be a little odd.”
Jim MacMillan is the owner of WonByOne Design of Meredith, NH, and is an avid imbiber of craft brews and a home brewer as well. Send him your recommendations and brew news to email@example.com