Its been a fairly lazy Saturday, and I’m watching the kids tonight while my wife is out at an event. I’m also editing family vacation movies while college football plays on the TV. A beer is long overdue. I grabbed this one out of the beer fridge. I picked it up during one of my work trips to Chicago in a mixed six pack.
Location: Poured into a tall pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 69 IBUs, 11 SRM, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color, with some amber highlights, is slightly hazy, and has a good amount of carbonation in it, leaving a thin, white, pillow-like head. The aroma has a bold citrusy hoppy smell.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is a bit crisp from the carbonation. The flavor up front is citrusy and grainy-sweet. The grainy maltiness is forward in the middle, but the hoppiness really opens up in the finish. It’s mostly piney-resinous with some citrusy flavors. The hoppiness lasts for a little bit in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: With the hoppiness of this beer, I think it would mix perfectly with a cheesy meal like pizza or mac and cheese.
Overall Impression: This is a good beer with a nice grainy malt flavor and a complex hoppiness that mixes citrusy, piney, resin, and earthy flavors. I thought it was very drinkable and flavorful, but I wouldn’t say anything about it particularly stood out. I’d have it again, and especially appreciated the thin tall cans, which would fit perfectly in my golf bag. Overall, it was a good beer for a day at the beach or on the golf course.