Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Why not have a "summer" beer in February?

There are unwritten rules, you drink darker, heavier beers in the winter, and lighter, milder beers in the summer.  Poppycock.

Guinness has a brewery in Jamaica, where their stout is quite popular.  If they can drink stout in the tropics, I can drink a lighter beer after shoveling snow.  Here's a few of them.

Atwater Dirty Blonde: Made with unmalted wheat, coriander and orange peel to help you live smart and enjoy everyday!
Taste?  Light, flavorful, not highly carbonated, and it goes down fast.  Insert your own dirty blonde joke here.
Grade: B+

 Smuttynose Star Island Single: Our Star Island Single is an eminently sessionable, abbey-style ale offering a beguiling mix of flavor and refreshment. This medium-bodied golden ale features a slight residual sweetness from Honey Malt and hints of citrus and tropical fruits from the unique Belgian yeast it is fermented with, leaving a crisp dry finish. Enjoy it sociably while you savor good times, tall tales, friendly company & life’s unexpected pleasures.

Flavor profile?  My notes said pleasant, but not great.  I knew something was not quite right.  Turns out that it has some Belgian yeast.  Holy Belgium man!  Must they ruin everything!

Grade: C+

Sam Adams Light:  There's not much to say.  It tastes like Sam Adams, but slightly water down.

Grade:  C+

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