Spinnerbait Belgian-Style Red Ale by SweetWater is officially installment number two of what I’m now affectionately calling the SweetWater Fish Sandwich Project, SWFSP [swiff-spuh]. We all know that SweetWater IPA induces powerful cravings for fish sandwiches but what about other beers with fish on the bottle?! I will be swimming my way through the SweetWater Tackle Box to determine the root of this fishy desire. Flavor or subliminal suggestion… that is the question.
Spinnerbait pours a dark ruby with a cloudy, beige head. Like more traditional Belgian ales, the aroma of this brew has a lot going on. Strong notes of fruit, primarily banana, are blended with spice, cloves, and malty sweetness.
The flavor is also a smorgasbord of contrasting characteristics. The profile begins relatively mild and transitions into bold baking spice flavors. The next phase is fruity with notes of pear and banana, and the finish is sticky/sweet with toffee malt flavors from its red ale heritage. The flavor is much more complex than your baseline red ale but not quite as intricate as many Belgian ales.
After deep consideration and precise application of the scientific method, I have concluded that Spinnerbait Belgian-Style Red Ale does NOT induce flaky fish sandwich cravings, FFSC [fif-scuh]. I’d probably go with some pungent cheese or roasted meat on this one. As such, my research continues… Feel free to share your “research” in the comments below!
- Appearance: Dark ruby
- Aroma: Banana, dried fruit, cloves
- Flavor: Baking spices, pear, toffee
- Mouthfeel: Medium plus
- ABV: 6.0%
- Size/Price: 12pk 12 oz. / $15 – $18
- Score: 81