Review: Guinness Preakness Ale

Review: Guinness Preakness Ale

Baltimore natives and/or horse racing fans take note, there’s a brand new, limited edition Guinness brew coming your way ahead of the Preakness race this weekend. The deets:

Preakness 148 announces a unique partnership with Baltimore’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery to launch a first-of-its-kind “Preakness Ale”. The limited edition collaboration beer brewed with blood orange and hibiscus will debut on May 11 on draft and in cans to-go at Guinness Open Gate Brewery, at select Baltimore area bars while supplies last and at Pimlico Race Course during Preakness 148 weekend.

In honor of Preakness 148, the “Preakness Ale” was brewed exclusively at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in their 10-barrel innovation brewery, where Irish brewing experience meets American beer creativity. At a 5% ABV with a ruby red hue, the fruit-forward beer brings bold flavor and aroma to those raising a pint to Preakness 148. The Guinness Open Gate Brewery will also serve a special beer cocktail inspired by the iconic Black-Eyed Susan incorporating Preakness Ale and a fresh pineapple-based mixer.

Mmmm. Pineapple shandy sounds pretty good right now with the weather heating up. But first things first. Preakness Ale is, as advertised, red. Very red. Like cherry Jolly Ranchers red. Despite that bold color, the aroma is only mildly fruited with gently sweet notes of blood orange and a little lemon peel. Otherwise, things are pretty light and crisp. The palate is much the same, round and refreshing with gentle citrus notes, a touch of something vaguely floral, and an easy, malty finish. It’s no flavor bomb, probably by design, but enjoyable whether you’d call yourself a beer drinker or not. Pimlico Race Course is sure to be awash in this stuff. Willing to bet it works pretty well in that Black-Eyed Susan beer cocktail, too.

5% abv.

A- / $NA /

Guinness Preakness Ale




Drew Beard is assistant editor for Drinkhacker and winner of several booze-related merit badges, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A former federal employee turned hotelier and spirits journalist, he looks forward to his next midlife crisis.

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