Ever have a day where things just don't work?
I started the evening off by diddling with a, so-called, tasting cork, which I promptly broke off in the neck of the bottle I was trying to use it in.
Pieces of junk! I’ve never had one work right, yet I still feel the need to try.
Add to a day like that, my worst case of spring fever I’ve ever had and my brain is pretty much shot!
All I can think about is all of the things I’ll wish I’d done at the end of the summer!
So as I dig through the fridge looking for what to share with you all, I couldn’t help but think of the things that I’d be wanting to bring my mind to the summer time!
Clean an crisp, pouring as you’d expect, this beer has a nose of fruit and hops with a very mild malt character.
The New Belgium web page boasts the Sorachi Ace hops. Now, I’ve not been lucky enough to roll in a pile of the Sorachi Ace.... But I’m pretty sure it would be like rolling through a cloud in heaven!
The flavor is mild as it could be! There is a very tropical fruit presence with lemon and Mango. There is a bit of pineapple and some spicy hops.
The mild flavor is something that’s been sorely missing in most of the pale ales that I’ve had lately.
Too many of the beers that I’ve been drinking lately have been flooded with hops that more closely resemble an IPA than American Pale.
The malt background balances the hops perfectly, keeping the bitterness at bay without being sweet.
The bitterness level is absolutely spot on for something I’d drink all night long! It’s not so bitter as to leave your throat craving a glass of water, and it’s just as easy to drink once it’s warmed up as it is ice cold.
I can’t say enough about how tasty and easy this brew is to drink. I could easily call this the best Pale Ale I’ve had in a very long time.
The only complaint that I could even conceive about this little beer, is that I would really have liked to see it around 4% abv.... just so I could get an extra pour in before making an ass of myself.
This is really a phenomenal example of what a summer ale can be.
I’d keep talking about it, but I’m about to need another one, and I’m sure you’re growing tired of hearing me ramble about how great it is.
If you find a few of these in your chill chest, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!