Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA
Pours a hazy honey orange color with golden and yellow highlight. As if the sun were shining from out of the beer. A fat pillowy head of off white foam that lasts and lasts and leaves plenty of lace.
Nose is bright, floral and fresh! Just brilliant with hop character that includes sweet and tangy pineapple softly sweet fresh orange, and a bit of citrus peel from both orange and from earthy grapefruit. There is a a small earthy pine in the background. For malt it has the scent of a light and flaky little biscuit.
Taste is outrageous! The active carbonation dances across the palate and enlivens the tongue to be ready to taste the brilliant hop fruitiness. Sweet, orange, bright orange peel, tangy pineapple and the just sweet, just dry and lightly breaddy biscuit. One of the best malts on a pale I have had lately. Crisp malt that is the dryness in this drink. The hops bite only a little and finish with a lingering sweetness that includes that lovely biscuit malt presence.
This beer was lively, fresh, had boisterous fruity flavors and was indeed a tiny beautiful something. One of the best pales I have had.
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.