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RondyBrew 2009 by Midnight Sun Brewing
American Pale Ale
0.00 % ABV

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Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
RondyRondyRondy... I just like to say that word.

The gentle pour reveals a crystal clear brew of a golden amber color - brassy one may say. Two fingers of bone white, foamy head snap to attention - and decides to hang awhile. Cool with me. As it subsides, nice clumpy chunks of foam cling to the walls of the pint glass in desperation. Nice streamers of carbonation on the rise. Constant cap atop this brew.
Pretty looking APA.

Aroma is a bit malty - I kinda expected that, as this has a bit of age on it now. Sweet caramel, grainy and somewhat biscuit like. Nice slap of floral and citrus hops - orange zest, with a twang of lemon pith. Good balance, but leaning towards the malt side.

The taste doesn't let me down. Good amount of pine resin like taste, with a generous squeeze of grapefruit rind. More of a grainy taste here, as the nose made hints at previously.... but definitely more hop driven in the sense of taste. If this were fresher - I would be willing to wager that it would have a good tongue scrubbing citrus/pine hop bitterness to it - it has that "feel".
As it is - TASTY. More hop forward here.

On the light side of moderate for body, crisp, slightly abrasive and dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is near perfect for the style - not too much zing, not too little.
Love the dryness.

This is an completely enjoyable, refreshing APA. Love the 4.5 ABV... makes me wish I had 6 or 7 more bombers of the stuff... speaking of which - I completely dig the fact that this comes in bombers!!! The label is a bit... err.. weird (guy chasing reindeer), but I am over that (I know, I know, the running of the reindeer - sounds both exhilarating and DANGEROUS). Looking at the label - I have to wonder what this would be like paired with some reindeer backstraps fried in butter and onions... Mmmmm.
I can most certainly see myself drinking this while perusing the various pelts and skins/wares at what is known as The Fur Rondy up yonder Alaska way... one day, I must make the trip and check it out in person. Fair Warning Frank/Midnight Sun/Alaska.
Very tasty APA.
Highly recommended.
Thanks Frank!

Served In: Pint Glass

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