(thank you Roger)
Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA
This poured a unique melon color orange with a thick head of soft white cottony foam that fell in rings and patches and finally left a thin layer on top. This had large white floaties in it and some sediment that detracted from the appearance. In a certain light it appears to have a muddied color brown in it but against the natural outdoor light it is pastel orange with light hues. This one is murky.
Nose is sensational with a wild tropical fruit character. Melon, mango, candied citrus peel and orange. Pine and dank grasses. Herbal hops and a powerful floral that was not perfumey or heavy. Hardly any malt on the nose until it warms and then some light caramel sugar.
Taste is a ride for the palate that you won’t soon forget. It starts with more bread than you ever thought was in there. It’s light and sweet. Then there is an all over mineral softness to the body of the beer that presents the fruits as a whole and like a juicy succulent punch. Grapefruit, candied fruit peel and orange with some tropical notes in the background. A nice spice comes to the middle and a sharp bitter. This finishes dry and with a little bit of herbal and spice in the aftertaste. It’s a famous bitter in this one. And the dank herbs fill the nose as you draw the glass down.
What a delightful beer. It drinks fluidly with a body that is so light . I could have four more of these. Non stop taste.
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.