New on tap at 8th Street Grille. I got a sample of this last week while visiting Thursday as they opened to check out what was new on tap.
Appearance: golden orange with a soft bubbly cream colored head. A
prominent haze is evenly distributed throughout but the carbonation is
still easily visible as some even accumulates on the side of the glass,
like soda. Lacing cascades down the glass after each sip, creating
layers of foam on the glass.
Aroma: sweet tropical fruit permeates the nostrils but remains
restrained with a sugary light malt presence. Mango is most notable.
Taste: the front permeates a rich honey flavor with a fruity sweetness
immediately apparent. It's as if the hops are so strong that they begin
to impede at the front of the beer, imparting a fruity, mango like
sweetness. The mid taste hardly differs, only to propagate the tropical
apricot and mango flavors, and even some coriander/orange. Towards the
end one can get faint notes of rind, but it remains hardly a
knowledgeable over the sweetness. Then, in finish, some characteristics
of malt finally present themselves in the form of Belgian candy and
brown sugar. The aftertaste holds a conglomeration of all of these
characteristics, but most apparent is the finishing rind bitterness. The
balance for this beer is impeccable especially with the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: rich creamy mouthfeel with a subtle carbonation, enough to
tickle the surface of the tongue and fuel flavor. Body is quite heavy,
but all factors aim towards balance, making this beer surprisingly
Overall impression: wow, hop bomb, but with a very appealing fruit
character I've had little experience with. Mango and honey are the most
dominant notes within, followed by LME extract like sweetness and brown
sugar. There is so much sweetness, that the 80 IBU's hardly over bitters
the palate. Stellar beer, great lakes!