It’s a dreary Saturday, as it’s cold and rainy outside. My son’s soccer game and baseball practice have been cancelled, as we’re expecting a ton of rain over the next couple days. I decided to get caught up on finishing off a few posts from this blog. Naturally, rereading info on all these beers makes me want one. I found this one a couple weeks ago in the beer fridge. I can’t remember how long it’s been in there, but I think I picked it up a while ago when I was working in Chicago.
Location: Poured into a goblet style glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.8% ABV, 15 IBUs, ~190 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s very clear and reddish in color from the hibiscus. The head dissipated quickly, almost like a soda. The aroma is a bit malty and floral.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation in it. Up front, there’s a lager-like malty-grainy flavor, with some floral characteristics. The flavors mellowed out a bit in the middle, but the malty hibicus flavor opens up in the finish. The maltiness lasts briefly in the finish.
Food Pairing: This beer is fairly light in flavor, and it would pair nicely with a lighter meal like a salad or a fish dish.
Overall Impression: This beer was lighter in flavor, especially when it was cold, and I think it would make an excellent summer beer on a hot day. The flavors only opened up after it warmed up a bit, although it was still pretty light, clean, and refreshing. Overall, I thought it was pretty good, and might buy a six pack of this for this summer.