On tap at Poor Henry’s, musky lager fermented in Italian oak foeders loads dank herbal graining upon pungent lemon rot and desiccated orange tartness. White-wined Hallertau Blanc hops, tropical Nelson Sauvin hops and aromatic floral-spiced Crystal hops blend well.
Vapid beechwood-smoked Band-aid-wafted soaping and fizzy lemon tartness retreat hastily. In need of better wood-burnt hop graining. Like all Taps brews, it lacks firm body and rich construct.
Despite limpid musty malt aroma and washed out lime finish, decent medium-bodied lager caresses mineral water discretion with earthy barley-wheat chaff, casual dry hop bitterness, and sourdough sinew for unassumingly strong rigidity.
Dank doughy sweetness and lemony diacetyl vagary limit clear straw dry-bodied lightweight. Astringent corn malts and parched grass-hay hint don’t help matters.
Typical rice-aided Japanese beer goes down smooth and easy. Thin lead ingredients appear to be rice and barley. But Japan’s “Super Dry’ #1 beer is so clean it barely leaves a delicate sourdough-malted cereal graining. In one-quart can, tinny water presence outlasts grain ebb.
Astringent soft-bodied golden premium gathers crystal malt constraint and corn-dried scruff to gentle metallic hop finish. An unassuming watery pale lager generic amateurs will consume.
Skunked sour malt essence sets the stage for otherwise cloy, indifferent, agave-scented South American pilsner. Salty bottom perks up carbolic hops and juxtaposes corn sugar sweetness by meek finish.