Friday, September 16, 2011

Drifter Pale

Thanks to Caley Cheney for giving me this bottle last week. Tasted Friday evening following a trip to Old Mexico to carb up and get ready for my (brief) race in the morning. Taming of the Slough!

Not the most recent label - the only one I could find
Appearance: Rubied bronze color, though on the lighter side. Not much by way of a head, but a silhouette film across the top. Lacing is negligible. Clarity is strong, but with a minor haze, Carbonation is consistent and persistent.
Aroma: Fresh smelling, but with a bit of a sour mash scent to the beer as well. Caramel malt backbone hold up the faint citrus induced by the late addition hops.
Taste: To start, the beer has a subtle malt foundation, but is quickly masked by a light, yet overly prominent fruit tartness. By midtaste, some alpha acid bitterness develops - resembling more along the lines of a neutral hop. The finish has a very upfront oxidized flavor which also parallels a stale hop taste. Fruitiness runs throughout along with the tartness that was noted in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a swift zip on the tongue, but inevitably foams into a soft textured liquid as it leaves the mouth. Not the slightest bit sticky. Refreshing, drinkable and fresh!
Overall Impression: A decent pale ale aside for the ending oxidation. Caramel backbone helped, but wasn't what I thought it would be, judging from the color.


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