Sunday, December 5, 2010


Another of the beers I picked up from the brewery. I had first tried this at Fiddle Head in Chicago, a Bar with over 120 bottles of beer. I tasted it again at the Hopleaf as well as I believe Fountainhead. Tasted for description following a P90X yoga session. Poured in Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Yellow straw with an easily visible and aggressive looking carbonation. Initially some bubbles had attached themselves to the side of the glass. A one finger white head dissipated into a thick film, leaving behind a dense layer of foam upon the glass.
Aroma: Very sweet aroma with citrus fruit and apricots. What also accompanies this ale are light wheat and pilsen malt backbone that maintains a subtle hop citrus complexity. Finishing is a somewhat floral but still crisp hop aroma. Add a splash of peaches and tropical esters and this beer has it all.
Taste: I taste the finishing aromatic hops (Amarillo? or Chinook?). The malted wheat cultivates a citrus and bready/yeast flavor to make a uniform delicate balance between two poles (hop vs. sweet). Lemon and orange zest make up for a light crisp finish. Still some herbaceous grassiness to the finishing taste.
Mouthfeel: Thicker and medium bodied than expected. Not tacky. Carbonation still spikes the tongue but leaves the palate clean and refreshed.
Overall Impression: For its clarity, I wouldn't expect the yeast, but it still imparted some. This beer is amazingly crisp and refreshing while maintaining a highly drinkable status. A multi plexus of fruit runs throughout drawing a unique complexity to the flavor and aroma. If seen on tap or at a bar, get it, try it, and let me know what you think!


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