Sunday, July 18, 2010

Orange Blossom Pilsner - OBP Squared

This is a homebrew, all grown up. Orange Blossom Pilsner started in Tom Moench's garage in Orlando.OBP Squared is essentially the concentrated version, made with half as much water in the recipe, for a bolder, richer flavor. 

Both OBP2 and OBP are brewed under contract by Greenville, SC's Thomas Creek Brewery. Available in the Southeast... Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

11% ABV

Certainly a nice-looking brew. Jewel clarity and a warm, deep honey-amber color give it an attractive appearance. The viscosity seems to be on the thick side. A steady stream of small bubbles slowly rises to meet a foamy cream head.

The aroma is fairly simple. Sweet and malty with honey and golden raisins most prominent. It's also slightly floral.

Taste & Feel
Rich, sweet malt leads off, followed by a slightly citrus that, paired with a burst of carbonation, gives it a fresh, fizzy mouthfeel. The medium body is a bit spicy, with a warm, somewhat boozy finish.

A bit heavy-hitting to be part of my regular rotation, but it has a good, rich flavor that seems to work even at colder temperatures. I'd recommend having one or two.

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