A good brown ale can really hit the spot when you want a darker brew but with so many dark beer styles, it can often prove difficult to choose just one. Fortunately, Mothers Brewing in Springfield, Missouri has a beer product that helps make the decision easier, for it combines the qualities of English brown ale, German alt, and even an Irish red into a single product. The beer is called Three Blind Mice, a dark beer with multiple personalities.
Beer Style: Altbier
Calories: 165 (est.) per 12 oz. serving
Bitterness Rating: 24 IBU
Alcohol Content: 5.5 percent by volume
This beer pours from the bottle to a dark brown color and perfect clarity. There is no sign of chill haze, sediment, or anything else to block its handsome, brown hue. The nose on this beer is one of sweet, lightly roasted malt and caramel. The foam level is a little below average, but there is enough there that most will not notice.
Flavor- wise, this is a good- tasting beer that hits your taste buds from a few directions. The taste of caramel malt is most obvious, but there is also a touch of chocolate, roasted malt, and toffee. There are some slightly bitter, earthy notes in the finish but the beer leans toward the malty side overall.
I like a good brown ale and I expect my brown ale to lean toward the sweeter side and this brown ale does exactly that. It is supposedly a hybrid of three different styles (hence the name, Three Blind Mice) and I can certainly detect some of the qualities of each as I drink. I’m not so sure I would refer to this beer as a German Alt, as many beer sites do. It is best described as an American brown ale, since the term is generic enough to fit.
Three Blind Mice is a little lighter bodied than other brown ales or German altbier, but it is still sufficient in body that most will not mind. It makes a good session brown ale for general consumption and it’s the type of brown ale that most will find to their liking. It’s a little more direct in taste than some of the great brown ales, but it still has enough good taste and character to recommend.
Rating: 7 cheers out of 10