Profiled for the Professor by Maria Devan
Pours a beautiful hazed orange color with a cantaloupe or melon hue. Just wonderful to look at. Not a whole lot of lace from my lazy pour and it fell fast to a thin ring.
Nose is vivacious and has plenty of exotic tropical fruit. Sweet and juicy. There’s a touch of malt that hints at bread and offers just a light sweetness on the nose. No alcohol on the nose, but a nice bit of earthy coriander. The scent of orange is deep within the beer and is an all around orange fruitiness.
Taste is wonderful. This beer offers a tremendous fruit sweetness with lush tropical fruits and an all around orange flavor too. The malt suggests bread but does not become too heavy or too bready. Wonderful mouthfeel on this that is due to that malt. The coriander is earthy and gives it depth. There is a nice yeast dryness that takes the mid palate just as you are beginning to swoon from all that wild tropical flavor.
Then it finishes with a sweet and warming alcohol that has a spice and pepper of it’s own. Lingers sweet and fruity in the aftertaste.
This beer is a delight!
On the 1-4 PGA scale this is a 4.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.