At this point I believe I’ve had the three most decadent of the Decadent Ales offerings I can get my hands on. Those being the French Toast, the Double Toasted Marshmallow and the Creamsicle. I can firmly say without hyperbole, Decadent absolutely lives up to their namesake. A lot of breweries have nonsense, in-jokes or just named for local attractions as names. Decadent isn't just a name, it's truth in advertising and perhaps a warning to some. Check out podcast Episode 54 and Episode 67 for reviews on the Marshmallow and Creamsicle, respectively.
On 67, My cohosts and I agreed the Creamsicle, while still very sweet, was the most drinkable of the three desserts. That said, the French Toast should be renamed to Pour on French Toast (or pancakes.) If you can’t tell from the color of the beer in the picture, this “DIPA” is probably anywhere from 20-50% maple syrup. What you can’t truly appreciate from a photo, though, is this beer is so thick and syrupy the carbonated bubbles struggle to reach the top. Like a watching a 1930s film of treasure hunters trying to escape quicksand.
I put “DIPA” in quotes, because this beer also falls into the category of LiePA (a trademarked phrase of the Hop Nation USA brand.) To say the maple syrup flavor in this beer is overpowering is like saying Yao Ming is kinda tall. At no point did I think I was drinking an IPA. I had to recheck the label while drinking just to make sure, and then just now while writing this review I had to check that photo just to make sure. It’s not even maple syrup with a hint of hops. A hint of cinnamon, maybe. I feel like this beer is retribution for my complaints over the CBS lacking in sizzurp flavor.
Even I, the biggest banner waiver for Southern Tier’s Dessertwater series, found this one to be too much. Anyone with the last name Wonka should love it. People from Vermont and Canada can pour it over snow and roll it up on a stick. The average person looking for a beer is really going to hate it and feel lied to that they didn’t get an IPA (see, callback. Get it?)
If you’re looking for a pairing with this, try plain, white brioche toast. Take a bite and a sip, then mix it in your mouth like lazy chocolate milk.
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