Review: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale by New Belgium Brewing Co.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale by New Belgium Brewing Co.

Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Co
Beer Style:  Ale
ABV:  6%
IBUs: 12 

Beer God’s Notes

Original Tasting Notes: This is a weird one. Not in a bad way, but there are a lot of flavors I’m not used to tasting in a beer that’s this light in color. I definitely got vanilla and chocolate in this, lightly but still there.

I enjoyed this beer, but there was definitely something missing.  It didn’t have enough body.  I think if it had been done in a stout or maybe even a porter, it would have had the body to back up the flavors that were in play.

I did get hints of vanilla and chocolate, but then it was just muddled out by the lack of body.

If you like these flavors and don’t want a real heavy beer, then you will probably enjoy this beer a lot.

Description

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream beer. This winter, dip into the fridge—not just the freezer—to find a dozen ways to sate your sweet tooth. Our newest collaboration with Ben & Jerry’s brings together two different types of pint-makers for one common goal: to fill your glass with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale.

To craft this confection, we dove into our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes for inspiration, and then whipped hefty doses of chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla into a dough-hued blonde ale base. The result is a full-bodied beer that seduces with a perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate, and finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Put down the spoon, pick up a pint.

In celebration of this year’s collaboration, New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s — both B-Corps — are once again joining forces with Protect Our Winters (POW) to create tangible ways to fight climate change just as they did a year ago.

[Blog: 100 Day to Change Our Ways]

Calling this campaign “100 Days to Change Our Ways,” the three socially minded organizations want the new Administration to make climate change a priority during its first 100 days. To rally support, events will be held in 12 cities across the country with letter-writing stations, POW athletes speaking out about the dangers of climate change, raffles, and of course beer and ice cream.

VISUAL
Golden and bright with perhaps some small particulate. Light wispy white foam.

AROMA
All things decadent: vanilla, caramel, and chocolate (baker’s chocolate, hot chocolate powder). Essentially straight up cookie dough! Slight caramel malt and malted milk balls, very slight cherry and almond in the background.

FLAVOR
Starts fairly sweet, then a slight bitterness comes in to finish with a mellow sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL
Creamy and certainly coating, it has a medium-light body that moves to a thin and slightly astringent finish.

BODY
Medium-light

 

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