I’m not sure exactly when or how I got this beer, but it seems like a good evening for it. We spent most of the weekend working on the house, and cleaning up. This afternoon, my son had a baseball game and we got home and had some dinner. I cracked this one open with dinner, which consisted of ribs and roasted vegetables. The bottle says that it was bottled on 6/18/12, so it must’ve been in the beer fridge for about a year.
Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.4% ABV, 35 IBUs, ~ 185 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s light amber-orange in color and fairly clear, with just a little bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass. There was a little bit of a bright white head when I first poured it, but it diminished to just a thin layer of bubbles at the top. The aroma was a nice citrusy-grassy hoppiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouth feel is smooth and slightly creamy. The flavor up front is honey-malt like with a bit of piney bitterness. In the middle, some grassy-floral hop flavors and bitterness comes through. It finishes with a grassy bitterness and a slightly fruit maltiness. The grassy-floral hop flavors last for a minute or so in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This has some maltiness, but primarily a grassy-floral hoppiness. The hop flavors were nice and smooth, not over the top, so it would go easily with almost any food. It went nicely with my ribs and roasted veggies, but it would also pair well with a burger, pizza, or other bready, cheesy pub type food.
Overall Impression: I think Founders makes some pretty good beers, and this one was no exception. It had a nice honey-like maltiness up front and a smooth hop flavor and aroma throughout. It was interesting that the malt flavors evolved, offering some slight fruitiness in the middle. I also enjoyed the hop flavors, mixing grassy and floral flavors and bitterness. It was a nice flavorful beer on a pleasant evening like tonight.