I just finished up the third week of my new job and just found out my old job was eliminated (along with several of my colleagues’ positions). I’m celebrating a little bit that I got out of my old job just at the right time, but sad for my former co-workers who will be looking for new jobs. Tonight, we’re sitting around watching the World Series on TV, so I thought I’d crack open a beer. This one was given to me by my friend Kevin who lived in Indianapolis and brought me several beers from there.
Location: Poured into a tall pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 5% ABV, 25 IBUs, ~130 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s pale yellow in color and very clear. It had a big, bright white, soapy-textured head on it. The aroma is bready with some very light earthy hoppiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is lightly crisp. The flavor up front is lightly grainy, which becomes slightly bready in the middle. The graininess and breadiness are joined by some very light earthy-spicy hop bitterness in the finish. The hoppiness and graininess last briefly in the clean finish.
Food Pairing: This beer is light in flavor with some graininess, breadiness, and lightly earthy-spicy bitterness. I’d love this beer to help cool down a spicy dish such as hot wings or Thai food, but I think it would also go great with some bready foods, such as a burger or pizza.
Overall Impression: The flavors in this beer are light, but not as light as a typical american light lager. I enjoyed the light graininess and breadiness and felt it was just the right hoppiness. This was a very drinkable beer which would be perfect on a hot day. It was clean and refreshing, and while it’s not one I’d likely seek out, it’s a very solid pilsner.