It was a long day at work, and it’s looking like Tuesday night is our only night when we don’t have commitments for the kids. Since we didn’t have anything going on tonight, I reached in the beer fridge and grabbed this 22oz beer. My friend David (owner of David Reed Photography), who I used to work with back in the day, keeps an eye on my blog and has periodically sent me beers from his hometown of San Diego. A couple years ago he sent me some great beers from Stone brewing, and a couple of months ago he sent me some nice beers from Ale Smith including their Numbskull Barley Wine and this one.
Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.25% ABV, 150 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a bright yellow-gold color, and slightly hazy. It had a nice head, which fell to just a layer of bubbles across the top. But, as it sat, the foamy, white head started to grow again from all of the carbonation in it. It released a pleasant piney-citrus hop aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is mostly smooth and a little creamy, with a bit of hop bite. It has a bready and lightly floral citrus flavor up front. The citrus hp flavors grow in the middle, and the bitterness begins to kicks in. In the finish, the floral citrus flavor and bitterness stand out, with some pine in background. There’s a lemony-citrus flavor that lasts for a minute in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: It added an extra flavor dimension to my BBQ pork chop, and went nicely with it, but the floral-citrus hop flavors would also go great with a light summery salad. The mix of floral and citrus flavors would mix nicely with the greens in the salad.
Overall Impression: For a lighter beer, this was smooth, very light, and drinkable, especially for a hot summer day. I enjoyed the mix of citrusy hop flavors, which were pleasant, both in aroma and taste. Although it was light, it had a good mix of flavors. Overall, I highly recommend this beer on a hot summer day, as it was enjoyable and very drinkable.