Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Southern Tier Hop Sun
Appearance: Bright Golden color with strong clarity, aside for the slight chill haze present. The head is thick and a bit off white and cream colored, different for such a light looking beer. Retention is strong. Carbonation sticks to the sides and persists within.
Aroma: Faint yeast pungency is present upfront complimented with the familiar wheat scent. Lemon zest follows with a rich fresh citrus. Neutral sweetness upholds everything.
Taste: Some faint wheat citrus sweetens the fore palate for a brief instance, only to immediately merge into a zesty crisp bite. Some notes of hay and floral undertones can be noted in the middle of the beer, while a lemon character rounds out into the finish. The hops used in dry hopping this wheat (what??) seem to integrate a pepper profile in conjunction with the lemon zest.
Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with a strong carbonation that bites the entire tongue as it goes down. A separation remains between the beer and the carb making the texture crisp and refreshing, though some of the wheat incorporates a palatable smoothness.
Overall impression: Predominantly wheat citrus and lemon zest with a delightfully lemon pepper hop profile. A bite to encourage a crisp dry finish and a carbonation to parallel that perfectly. Summer wheat with a bit of a hop kick!