With the drugs I’m on following my heart surgery, I’m limiting my beer intake to a beer or two a week. I’ve still got a bunch of beers in the beer fridge to catch up on, and I was looking for something lighter. I can’t remember how I picked up this beer, but I think it may have been in a mixed six-pack at the local liquor store.
The bottle says, “A blonde ale made from a delicious blend of pale malts with a distinctive spicy, floral aroma and taste. We like it a lot. You will too.” It’s batch #10131.
Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.2% ABV, 1.05 OG, 159 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color and very clear. It has lots of carbonation, leaving a thin creamy head on it. There’s a light, bready aroma, along with a light floral-lemon smell.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is lightly crisp. The flavor up front it bready, joined by some lemon, floral and spiciness which comes in middle. The finish is a somewhat bitter with a spicy hop flavor and bitterness. The spicy and lightly floral flavors last for a brief time in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This is a light beer with a mix of bready, floral, citrus, and spicy flavors, and therefore, I would definitely pair it with a salad. The flavors in the beer would complement these flavors often found in light summer salads.
Overall Impression: For being a “lighter beer” it had a good body and a good mix of flavors throughout. I enjoyed the mix of flavors, but felt the lemony citrus was slightly out of place in this beer. Overall, I found it to be extremely drinkable and refreshing, and would definitely pop another one of these open on a hot summer day.