It was a super hot day today, about 95 degrees, and so I was looking for a lighter, more refreshing beer. This beer was given to me a couple of months ago by my friend Kevin who lived in Indianapolis. He’s been a big fan of Triton since they started and brought me several of their beers.
Location: Poured into a Gordon Biersch tall curved glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 4.5% ABV, 12 IBUs, 4.0 SRM, 120 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color with a slight orange hue, and was hazy from the yeast in the beer. It had a big, bright white, bubbly head that fell after a few minutes. The aroma is a bready and light citrusy smell.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is bright and lightly effervescent. The flavor up front is bright and citrusy with a little bit of yeasty breadiness. In the middle, the yeasty breadiness comes through, even though I was expecting a citrusy tartness to come through. There was a bit of orangy bitterness and light tartness and rye spiciness in the finish, which lasted for a minute or so in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This is a citrusy beer and would probably complement a nutty summer salad or a pork tenderloin.
Overall Impression: This was a very light and refreshing beer, with the right amount of orange flavor, and perfect for a hot summer day like today. When I first tasted the citrusy flavors, I was expecting it to turn tart or sour, and instead, the bready yeastiness balanced it out. The orange flavor and tartness was fairly mellow and was just the right amount of flavor, yet still make it clean and refreshing. I really enjoyed this beer and will have to get more of this for the end of summer.