Profiled by Maria Devan for Professor Goodales
Hazed orange with a fat steady stream of bubbles coming to the top where they meet a fat off white head of creamy foam that adorns the glass with rings of sticky lace. The body of the beer has a soft pastel hue and a beautiful melon color to accent additional hues of gold. Nose is succulent sweet fruit with a bit of pine to greet you first. Then mango, and an authentic mango with a bit of tartness.
Some other tropical back notes and a bit of bread with honey like sweetness from malt. No alcohol on the nose unless you go looking for it. taste has plenty of juicy and ripe fruit, that touch of pine and a soft sweet bread to carry it to the back palate where it is met by some sharp and bitter alcohol and a bit of hop bitter too.
The middle is dry and the aftertaste is a bit sharp and hot with the alcohol. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel except for some syrup as it warms from the high abv and it was not as easy to drink as it should have been.
On the PGA scale: a 3.
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.