12 oz bottle thanks to the great Brac. Served up in a tulip. This beer will start my major Odyssey into New Glarus beers thanks to Brac.
A: Pours up a crystal clear, golden yellow colored body with just a touch of orange burst at the corners. Oddly, as it settles, it builds up a light haze. Held to the light, the yellow hues brighten greatly. The pour got me less than finger of carbonation fueled, soapy white head. Sadly once the carbonation calms, the head disappears almost completely. No lace, and just the thinnest of white rings are left.
S: Picking up a pretty abundant note of banana and clove at first. Quite hefe like and very pleasant. This shifts into a freshly chopped ginger note. Light grains round things off here. Doesn't seem to develop much beyond that in the aroma. Not what I was expecting but pleasant. Incredibly fresh and clean smelling.
T: Things get a little more complicated here like I was hoping/expecting. Getting that banana and clove note, but it has to compete with some pear and green apple as well. Belgian yeast absolutely comes through and brings just a touch of candied sugar. Grassy and earthy in hop presence. The ginger is just barely there in the background to brighten the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Although it is a little on the sweet side, it dries out slowly but completely on the palate, leaving only a slight heat on the throat from the ABV. Aftertaste is all Belgian yeast notes.
OA: Not overly complicated, but wonderfully composed. All the flavors work effortlessly together and are harmonious. My only wish there was bit more improvement in the look and nose, but that is me being picky. Very tasty brew.
Served In: Tulip
Roy's Market New Glarus
Stone Soup pours a mildly moderately hazy (from bottle conditioning) golden that lightens considerably when held to the light. A 2 finger white craggy head formed on the pour that fell to 1 finger after some time. Glassful of carbonation bubbles rise to the head. Moderate lacing.
Aroma begins with a nice refreshing lemon zest. Pale biscuity malts are present in the background and there is a very small sprinkling of clove. The bottle states that ginger is used but I don't pick any up.
The flavor starts off with biscuity malts but is quickly overtaken by a lemon and mild orange sweetness. Slight metallic twang on the back end accompanied by the clove from the aroma.
Body is on the lighter side. High carbonation, not prickly but it does tickle the sides of the tongue. Refreshing.
Easy drinker that's perfect for a warm summer day like today. Quenching with a light enough body to drink a few in a sitting.
A solid brew from New Glarus. I've had some better in the past but this is an affordable highly drinkable brew. I think I'll crack another.
Price: $6.99 Served In: Tulip
Pours a hazy yellow with a bubbly white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing sticks to the walls.
Nice slightly sweet malt nose with plenty of yeasty esters. No real signs of hops other then a hint of fruitiness but that's likely imparted by the yeast. Not a whole lot else to the aroma.
Sweet medium malty body. Bubble carbonation on the tongue like soda pop. Fruity aftertaste with lots of yeasty notes. Slightly bready and easy to drink.
Served In: Snifter
Bottle from JDIPSO (RB), thank you so much John. The beer pours a thick golden color, cannot see through it (I poured out of John’s package so it never got a chance to settle). The head is large (at times) but fades rather fast leaving a lightly sticky lacing. This is a very interesting beer, and I am surprised I have not tried it earlier. It seems it is made to just display a certain ester aspect of the yeast. Otherwise the beer is rather plain, just a white, thick, bread maltiness. Its all over but in general boring and plain, however it is meant to be that way. This way the ester aspect helps a chance to shine. Its not a crazy esteriness. Its lightly fruity (mango, orange and sugar) yet very dry floral-like. This is found throughout the beer. Its cool, these esters really get to live out loud. In general it could be kind of boring yet estery and Belgian. I like it.
Served In: Tulip
Pale lemony gold color, glowing and semi clouded with a bunch of activity within. Medium capping of white foam thats compactly firm and kinda fluffy. A few splotchy strings of lace are stuck about.
Very nice aroma of blooming fresh bubble gum right out of the wrapper mixing with a pleasing floral touch and slight banana and clove spice.
Taste is a bit bland however, the sweetness I was hoping to find isn't there in enough strength as its a pale display of yeasty playing dryness over the bubble gummy floralness. Actually, the bubble gum sweetness is at the lips when first taken in, but falls away as it enters the palate only to return ghostly in a weakened spicy finish. Once it settles in, its a plain attachment of grains and dryishness from yeasty actives. Rounds off a bit towrds the end with some banana mixing in and the return of pink bubble gum. This somehow falls short for me, even though I like it.
Perhaps the mouthfeel has something to do with it, as its a bit roughened and scratchy in areas with a yeasty carbonation texture that doesn't bold well for my palate. The sweetness underneath helps play it through as it finishes with a slight spice pulling late with light dry hops and some clove.
A tough one to put numbers to, but overall, something just wasn't doing it for me, I needed something more, what that is, I'm unsure. This is drinkable enough however - a decent standard of ale for a quick enjoyment, but quite possibly a bit boring beyond one or two.
Served In: Pint Glass
A - Pours a pale straw color with a slight haze, giving this almost the look of a wheat beer. Head is big, white and soapy.
S - A nice combination of belgian yeast, belgian spices (nutmeg, corriander), and lemon zest. Bit of a wheat odor too.
T - Belgian yeast is up front. Spices hit, but more muted than in the smell. Lemon flavor has a bit of a tart zing to it. Finishes dry, without much aftertaste.
M - Medium bodied with carbonation that is a bit fuzzy and hard. The carbonation actually makes it feel like little stones.
D - Drinks easy. I could see this doing quite well during a hot summer day. Unfortunately all I look out and see today is clouds and rain.
Served In: Pint Glass
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