Preface: This 12 oz. can of East India Pale Ale was sent to me via delivery service last week. There is a note stamped on the bottom: “BB Sept 2012 0742 10:39”
The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.
Also, as this is a canned product I tasted it as most consumers would taste it… not too long out of the back or the refrigerator.
I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: A honey gold colored brew with an active, obvious carbonation that builds a sturdy light tan head of fine and tiny bubbles. The Belgian lace that slides down the glass with each sip is well tatted.
Aroma: The first impression is a slightly sweet sugar candy sensation. The second visit finds a hint of honey that might come as an expectation suggested by the color of the brew.
Mouth feel: This is not a thin beer… It is well-built but not bawdy.
Flavor: After the first refreshing sensation there is a definite honey flavor that grows into a sweet grain flavor, similar to Wheaties (or Maypo, for those of you of a certain age). The sweet flavors are not allowed to linger as they are pushed through by a definite tang and sharp spike of citrus flavors of the hops used in the brewing process. The third swig has the taste receptors looking forward to the later flavors rather than the initial sweet sensations.
Finish: The tang of the hops flavors linger but don’t over stay their welcome.
Comments: Last week I had the chance to visit the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg when the New York City Brewers Guild celebrated their beginning. While I was at the event I had a chance to visit with Steve Hindy, the Brooklyn Brewery boss-of-all-bosses. And so I am a bit biased regarding this beer.
That said… This is a beer that would be ideal when you find yourself, at the end of a hot summer day and the end of an especially irritating commute, in dire need of refreshment and refueling. Standing on a deck of a restaurant or tavern overlooking a marina or harbor would be even better yet.
The Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
What others say: BeerAdvocate