As I was sipping on New Belgium’s and Ben & Jerry’s Special Release Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, I thought, well, this would make an incredible ice cream! While I was scrounging up some Bagel Bites at my local grocery store, through the frosted glass door I saw the Limited Batch of Ben & Jerry’s New Belgium Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale!
Bother! They beat me to it…actually they probably had a mutually beneficial agreement and have had these recipes in the mixer for months. I snatched a pint and hurried to the self-checkout. I still had a few bottles of the Special Release beer at home and had to try the pair together.
As a super fan of Craft Beer Kitchen, I cook with beer frequently, and am always hunting new craft beers and beer-inspired foods. Below I’ve included a review of the New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale as well as a review of the Ben & Jerry’s New Belgium Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale Ice Cream.
New Belgium and Ben & Jerry's Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale Review
This New Belgium brown ale is tops of the hops. Chocolate-y, a hint of salt, and a slightly creaminess hit the tongue once you pop the cap off one of these bad boys. I would say it has the essence of ice cream, brownies, caramel, and salt without going overboard, but still maintaining the ale flavor. It was intriguing and different than many other types of ale I’ve had, with a slightly bitter flavor on the finish. I might even go so far as to say it’s a tad roasty. Definitely exceptional on it’s own…but better when tied to the ice cream.
Ben & Jerry’s New Belgium Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale Ice Cream Review
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream does it again. The New Belgium brown ale ice cream base is exactly what you’d expect a beer ice cream to taste like: a vanilla-ish twang tied with a malty/hoppy kick. A salted caramel swirl has just the right pinch of salt for a pow on the finish while the brownie chunks taste like they’ve been soaked in brown ale. All the pieces – the hoppy ice cream, the salted caramel swirl, and the brownie bits – work in harmony to create an excellent ice cream, which should definitely be enjoyed with the New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale.
Yes! Together! It really isn’t too much. The creaminess of the ice cream ties in well with the kick of roasty-ness in the ale. If you’re having a down day or want to celebrate with a ton of treats, grab these immediately. That’s one of the best parts about these two pints; they work in unison, but can stand alone. Shouldn’t expect any less of New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s, though.
You might want to grab your keys right now and head to the store as both are limited editions. Hopefully, they’ll make both flavors on the regular since they’re fantastic. If you’ve ever been interested in beer ice cream, this is the one to try. Even if you think it might be weird…trust in Ben & Jerry. As for the New Belgium ale, I’m one who despises coffee and typically bitter finishes are not my forte, but this one is just light enough that it lingers without staying after the party ends. It’s great to tie with a nice meaty dinner (prime rib, duck, pork loin) or fancy cheese plate.
Grab the New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale along with the Ben & Jerry’s New Belgium Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale Ice Cream the next time you’re out and you won’t be disappointed.