Picked this up at the Sexual Chocolate release. 5 bucks for a bomber so I figured why not. I served this one up in my shaped DFH pint.
A: Pours up what appears to be a light amber in color, but once held to the light it is just a dark golden with orange hues (so pretty much amber). This beer is sup er clear with a pretty high carbonation activity. Pour got me over 2 fingers of foamy white head. It fall slowly to about half a finger of a complete top cap. Puts up quite a bit of lace all the way down. Nice lookin.
S: It appears they did a pretty good job hopping this beer because they are really coming across in the aroma. Getting a good amount of citrus notes coming out in the form of some grapefruit rind, orange and lemon. Then some pine and spiciness comes out. All of this really works. Then comes a little curveball. A medicinal cleaning product/cat ammonia note creeps up from time to time. Luckily it isn't more prevelant.
T: Wish the hops came across a bit more in the flavor. Getting a little bit of citrus and pine. Some spice peeks out from time to time, but not much. Luckily the off flavor in the nose can't be found. Light caramel malt presence balances the flavors. Not bad, but not great.
M: Medium bodied with a pretty high, prickly carbonation to it. It does finish pretty dry and makes for some easy drinking. ABV brings no heat at all. Slightly bitter and astringent. Aftertaste is lingering grapefruit rind and skin.
OA: It is not bad at all. The aroma and look really work here (except for that slight hiccup in the nose). The flavor really could use some work, but as is it is nice and easy drinking. It doesn't kill the palate, but does bring some decent flavor. Feel is damned nice as well. So I guess if it was just a little more hop forward in the flavor department we would have no bad things to say. Glad I decided to pick it up for a try.
A: Low carbonated watery caramel color with stillness to it. Head is quite basic with a thin film of white bubbles across the top of the liquid.
S: Not a lot to smell here. Little bit of blood orange, caramel and dried pine needles.
T: Begins mildly malty with basic orange emergen-c, old brown sugar and earthy pine bitterness. Tastes a lot like it smells. Some minerally flavors bind with the bitterness giving it a “common” flavor. Finishes with flat bitterness.
M: Medium body and hard
D: Quite common.
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