Amiable creamy-headed straw-hazed sparkling ale combines dark Belgian malts with sinewy yeast funk, bitter citrus spicing, and tea-like splendor for casually perplexed moderate body. As hoppy as an IPA (with wispy yellow grapefruit, green apple, and orange fruiting), but softly crisp-watered and lightly grained, allowing pilsner fans a chance to catch their breath.
Easygoing yellow-hazed pale ale maintains simple buttery-nosed pilsner appeal as pale-malted banana-orange-apricot dryness caresses barley-wheat mildness. Picture courtesy of www.ratebeer.com
Deeply penetrating prune theme (flavor-hue-aroma) gains congruent fig-raisin insistence to celebrate island-bound brewers’ ten-year anniversary (blending Baggywringle Barleywine with Whale’s Tale Pale Ale inside strawberry-strewn bourbon barrel). Vinous strawberry tartness lingers through oaken cherry pucker and mild bourbon warmth. Tertiary grape esters and bruised orange souring add further complexity, though mossy earthiness and dank basement finish seem peculiar.
After yeast particles settle, turbid yellow-glowed Helles lager brings acidic lemon tartness to grassy hop bittering, staying lightheartedly fizzy. Metallic clink negates citrus-y wildflower souring, cork-y dryness, and floral outline, but crisp, clean finish welcomes softer palates to summery session beer.
Pour slowly frothy New England islander or risk overt carbonation. Bitter coffee bean profile allows sour chocolate, tangy prune, and tannic grape illusions to offset lactic charge of blackened ruby, rocky beige-headed, bottle-conditioned port. Fuller body texture and richer barley roast would increase worth.