944. Perennial – Vacation Dad Dry-Hopped Summer Ale

944. Perennial - Vacation Dad Dry-Hopped Summer AleIt’s been a somewhat lazy Saturday with no a lot going on. I ran some errands, studied and took a practice test for an information security certification, and now I’m settling down to watch Groundhog Day – since tomorrow is Groundhog Day. This beer was given to me by my sister over Christmas. Since it’s dry-hopped, I figured I’d better have it soon. However, the bottom of the can has a September 2019 date on it, so it may be a little past its prime already.

Location: Poured from the pint sized can into a TEKU pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 4.7% ABV, ~150 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright golden in color and a little hazy with a bright white rocky head that fell after a few minutes. It has a bright lemony-grassy hop aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is quite light and the mouthfeel is lightly crisp. Up front, it has a light lemony bitterness with a slight bit of cracker-like malty sweetness in the background. In the middle, the bitterness fades slightly, giving way to the light malt sweetness. However, in the finish, the lemony-grassy bitterness comes back up along with a little bit of dryness. The light lemony-grassy hop flavors last for a minute or two in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: With the lemony flavors, I’d definitely pair this beer with a fish dish seasoned with dill, as I think the hop flavors and dill flavors would pair nicely with a meaty white fish. Also, it would be a nice pairing with a summer salad as well.

Overall Impression: I thought this beer was very light and refreshing with bright summer-like hop flavors. Although I’m having this in winter, I think it would make a great summer beer, and would be quite good after an afternoon mowing the lawn or sitting out on the lake. Overall, it was a lighter beer, but it still had a good amount of hop flavor to it.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Author: kkozlen

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