951. Perennial Artisan Ales – Suburban Beverage

951. Perennial Artisan Ales - Suburban BeverageIt’s been more than a month since my last beer review, and we’re still in quarantine. We’ve been working from home for almost the last four months. Since we haven’t been able to go anywhere, I’ve been able to get a lot of work done around the house. I’ve renovated the kids’ bathroom, and nearly replaced my entire deck due to rot/age. Although you’d think working from home, there would be more time to relax and have a beer, it’s actually been the opposite with all the work there seems to be to do around here. This beer has been patiently waiting in my beer fridge since my sister gave it to me over the Christmas holiday. Unfortunately it has a best by date of 12/22/2019. The can also has a cool design and says it’s a Gose style ale with key limes.

Location: Poured from the pint can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 4.2% ABV, ~140 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It has a pale golden color and only the slightest haze. It has a ton of carbonation in it, although the thick, rocky white head dissolved very quickly, leaving no head at all. It has a slightly funky, almost sea-side salty aroma to it.

Taste & Feel: The body is surprisingly medium for such a low ABV and pale beer, and the mouth feel is quite crisp from the carbonation in it and it’s obvious acidity. The flavor up front is an acidic juicy fruit-like flavor with some almost malty-tropical flavors, including limes. In the middle, the tropical-limey-maltiness becomes a bit richer, but at the same time, a tartness starts to emerge. The tartness explodes in the malty-lime juiciness of the semi-dry acidic finish. The juicy acidic tartness lingers for a minute or so in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: This is a very acidic beer with a good amount of tart. Therefore, I’d probably pair it with something complementary, like fish tacos or ceviche. It would also be the perfect substitute for a margarita with any Mexican food.

Overall Impression: I’ve admitted before that I’m not a huge sour beer fan, as the acidity messes with my stomach a bit. However, I can see where this might be refreshing on a hot day at the beach, and as I mentioned with the food pairing, would be a perfect substitute for a margarita with Mexican food. It’s unfortunate that it’s past its best by date, and I wonder how it would taste different if it were more fresh. it was still a pretty good beer for a hot summer night like tonight, I only wish that I would’ve had Mexican food to enjoy it with rather than pizza.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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Author: kkozlen

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