Who doesn’t love a beer released on the eve of Obama’s inauguration? How could it fail? What better way to celebrate than with a new beer offering from Hopworks? Of course, I didn’t have an opportunity to attend the release part on January 20th, but I did stop by for a pint a couple of days later.
Inaugurator is dark like a brown ale in the glass, mostly opaque but allowing just enough light to shine through that it’s not pitch black like a stout. Imagine a medium-roast coffee in a glass, if you will. The initial head subsides pretty quickly, leaving no foam or lacing on the glass.
As you might expect there’s lots of malt in this beer, with a hint of dry chocolate on the back of the palate, along with a slight tang in the finish. The tang is almost reminiscent of black cherries. Luckily for me, there’s just enough hops to cut the sweetness, but not so much that it ruins the malty flavor. This beer is smooth, rich and not too heavy. Some might consider it a sweet beer, and it’s certainly sneakily boozy, but it would be surprisingly easy to drink all night.
As an inaugural doppelbock, I’d say it’s dark, smooth, and a little surprising just like our new president.