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By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
Summer is nearing its end and the beer you drink should change with the seasons. But like an awkward sophomore in high school questioning whether he should wear his pants down past his ass or dress like a douchey Ivy-Leaguer, what should you drink in those awkward in-between summer and fall weeks? Well, here is your answer. This weekend, Uinta Brewing Baba Black Lager is What’s on Tap.
As an avid weekly reader of the Beer Professor, you’ve had lagers that have different degrees of both hoppy bitterness and color; some are more golden while others are closer to an amber color. But like the “Other Babka” Jerry and Elaine discovered, there is another type of lager: Black Lager. Most black lagers maintain the hop flavor and bitterness but tend to have a chocolate and roasted / smoky malt flavor to them as well. Baba Black Lager is no different, and its combination of flavors — hops, roasted nuts, chocolate, and citrus — seem like a lot, but they blend together perfectly. But what I like best about this brew is its drinkability, which is said and meant as a compliment. Baba is surprisingly light on the palate, much lighter than one would expect when pouring, and it goes down incredibly smooth. Oh, and the beer is organic; no, not chick-who-doesn’t-shave-her-armpits bad organic, but the kind of organic that makes you feel good because you bought something cool that happens to be organic.
Another characteristic I love about this black lager is its subtle chocolaty sweetness. Because of the sweetness of Baba, I recommend putting some meat on the grill as I am smoking a brisket tonight. The smoky flavor of the meat and sweetness of the beer will play off each other perfectly. So take out your meat and drink up.
Alcohol by Volume: 4.00%
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 32ish
Color (SRM): Black