This is my first encounter with Southampton. Poured a lightly cloudy straw golden. There's a huge amount of carbonation rising like a tornado from the bottom of my pilsner glass. The head, when poured, was 1+ finger of rocky airy goodness but quickly faded to a light cap. The carbonation is unstoppable. Leaves some airy lacing after each drink that slowly falls back into the body.
I really like a good white ale when I'm in the mood. So the idea of a double white really interested me. I really wasn't sure what to expect. The nose really sends home what this beer is supposed to be. It has all the white aromas but they are much bigger than usual. When I first opened the bottle all I melled was orange. After the pour lemon took over. Starts off dusty. Then comes a generous squeeze of lemon. Big coriander and if you smell deep the lemon that was there at the beginning. After all this you get a solid dose of spicy yeast and a pinch of white pepper.
The flavor is very much the same as the smell. Again, being a double white, the flavors are a lot bigger than traditional whites. Theres a splash of lemon to start things off along with some coriander. There may be a little too much coriander. Mid-palate the spiciness of the yeast and the white pepper show up and finish things off with the oriander in the background. I said there is too much coriander but that's just me finding a fault. It's a very good flavorful beer.
The mouthfeel fits this beer really well. The body is light and refreshing. The huge amount of carbonation is surprisingly soft on the tongue but does wake up the tastebuds with a stimulating tingle.
The drinkability is good. I'm drinking this now and it's winter. I'm not getting the full refreshing, thirst quenching expierence that I would if it was hotter outside but I can only imagine how good this would be to drink on a hot 90+ summer day. One bomber is enough for now but I'd be good with a cooler of these in the summer.
This is an excellent beer from Southampton and as exciting as a white ale can get. I'm glad I got my hands on this one and I'm looking forward to trying some of their other beers in the near future.
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 1-18-08. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
Thanks to ncvbc for this extra, I’ve really been looking forward to this one for quite some time.
Pours a light yellow color, similar to pineapple juice, with about a quarter inch of foam which quickly settles to a ring. A little stir brings some more foam back to life.
First I pick up scents of orange, wheat malt, lemony coriander, yeast, and a mix of citrus.
Some more fruits like pears, spicy apples, and a little bit of green banana.
The taste is quite good, and I wish had this one during the summer. There’s sweet malt flavor upfront with hints of orange, lemon and coriander. The finish is dry and just slightly bitter. Also, I taste a little salt and sourness.
Well carbonated and very refreshing.
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