I’ve been on a role lately, taking time to review a beer when I get home for the evening. I wanted to make sure I cracked this one open before summer was completely over, since it’s a seasonal beer. This was sent to me by my friend @Bettywriter who lives in the Portland area. She knows I brewed with John Harris when I was up there on my Cuinternship, and sends me beer from there periodically. The bottle says, “Inspired by its luminous namesake, Quasar is our light pale Ale brewed for summer. Simcoe and Mosaic hops give Quasar Pale Ale a huge, fresh, tropical hop aroma. Flavorful and easy drinking, Quasar is a stellar beer for enjoying out under the sun.”
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 6% ABV, 65 IBUs, 14° OG, ~180 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright yellow in color, and extremely clear, with a good amount of carbonation in it. When I poured it, it had a huge, fluffy white head which stuck around for several minutes. The aroma is very tropical-citrus fruit like with hints of melon.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is pretty creamy. The flavor up front is lightly peppery and citrusy, and a little bit a light malt sweetness comes through in the middle. However, the hops really blossom in the finish with lots of tropical flavors and bitterness. Theses flavors last a minute or two in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer has a lot of tropical flavors, and I think it would be a great pairing with a summer salad, sushi, or naked pork chops.
Overall Impression: I was surprised at the bright hop flavors in this beer. It was a very unique flavor for a pale ale and pretty refreshing. The tropical flavors are a great fit for the beach or a hot summer day. Huge thanks to my friend @Bettywriter for sending this, and great job John on a different take on the standard pale ale.