Monday, May 12, 2014

Let's Talk About Perrin Brewing Company

Written by  Angela Steil
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This past weekend I decided to check out Perrin Brewing Company and try out a few of their brews for a review. The brewery and tasting room itself had a clean, spacious, factory-like quality and a gorgeous wood ceiling. The overall aesthetic was comfortable and inviting. I also received prompt and friendly service at the bar, despite the fact that the venue was filled to the brim with thirsty patrons.
Below are reviews for the first four beers on Perrin’s menu (from Tier 1 and Tier 2). Before I begin with those tasting notes, allow me to touch on a few things I noticed about Perrin. First off, they have proper glassware for all styles and flights. Using the 4-6oz snifters is perfect for flights because it allows the aroma to be held inside the glass, providing a more thorough tasting experience. Besides, they look fantastic.

Perrin also has immaculate branding consistency. Their logo is featured not only on menus and coasters, but on the flight trays themselves which take the shape of the Perrin logo. Lastly, I want to point out that Perrin appears to have a high priority to educate the public. On their menu it’s impossible to miss the fact that it is covered with fantastic information regarding beer history and styles. I absolutely love this and I hope other venues take note. The consumer want to be educated, so let’s give it to them!

Perrin Gold:

Perfectly clear and burnished gold in color. ABV 5% and IBU’s 7. I perceive this beer as having medium attenuation, medium carbonation levels and a mildly creamy mouthfeel. In the nose I detect honey, wet straw, a touch of cooked corn (desired, not an off flavor here), and biscuity malt.

Flavor components are bolder versions of what I find in the nose. I taste sweet hay, cooked corn (again, in respectable levels) and bready malt with that touch of honey. Right before I swallow, I detect minimal metallic flavors which then transition into a final slap of biscuit. At the very end I am reminded of the perfume of flowers and this sits side by side with sweet hay notes all the way to the finish.

Perrin Pilsner:

Another perfectly clear brew with ABV 4.8% and IBU’s 28. It’s a golden beer with medium/high carbonation and high perceived attenuation levels. 

The nose has an interesting wet wool characteristic that I’m assuming is from the yeast strain. Underneath this pop of funk is a desirable DMS character commonly associated with a proper pilsner.

In both the flavor and aroma I detect multigrain bread-like malt and floral hops. The finish is pleasantly dry and bitter. This is the perfect beer to whet the appetite.

The Liger:

A cloudy beer that is a beautiful combination of ruby and dark brown. ABV 5.2% and IBU’s 50 Brief notes of caramel and slightly burnt toast lay underneath a punch of american hops (in this case Centennial and Citra) and spicy rye.

The Liger has a full mouthfeel that is almost grainy and coats your mouth before the attack of hops come back around to take over.

I taste resin/cannabis and orange pith hop characteristics. Slightly burnt toast malt notes appear as a backbone. Dark cherry is detected close to the finish. The element of rye used in the brew accentuates the bitterness of the hops but it’s not overpowering. This is very well balanced.

Tasting notes are consistent in the aroma and flavor. I’m currently drinking this beer while eating their turkey reuben (get it with avocado) and it’s a fine pairing.

Perrin Black:

This is an almost completely opaque brew. Dark brown in color and with low/medium perceived attenuation and carbonation levels. ABV 5.9% IBU’s 22.

Burnt toast and pumpernickel bread in the nose. Slight notes of coffee bean and dark chocolate. The flavor accompanies what I found in the nose but perhaps with more emphasis on roasty bitterness.

This mouthfeel starts with a slightly acidic and cream-like component that reminds me of sipping coffee. The roasty bitterness is not overpowering. Overall, the beer is incredibly well balanced and one hell of an adventure for the tongue.

Solid job Perrin. I look forward to visiting again. Cheers!

Angela Steil

Angela Steil

Angela Steil is a Certified Cicerone® who returned to Grand Rapids, Michigan after spending three years studying in New York City and Los Angeles. Engaged as a writer in the beer world, Angela is an educator for those who wish to know more about all things beer, and coordinates beer and food pairings and dinners premised on sensory reward for the adventurous and curious. She is a producer of the finest pairing of all: quality beer and conversation. 
Angela is currently studying for the BJCP exam and Master Cicerone exam from which she expects to advocate and educate for the craft beer community internationally. Besides beer, she enjoys burlesque shows and comedy of all varieties. And cats. 
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