What I'm Drinking (via Untappd)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

St. John Brewers - Island Summer Ale

Bio 
This half-wheat, half-pale ale is a product of St. John Brewers, a small brewery located in the Virgin Islands that was started by a pair of ex-New Englanders in 2004.

Although their beers are available year-round in the islands, they have a very limited mainland distribution.

Appearance 
Island Summer Ale has a clear appearance and a bright, golden color. Large-bubbles of carbonation float up to form a thin, frothy, white head. 

Aroma 
It has a fresh, spiced aroma. The malt is light, and doughy with a banana sweetness and a bit of zesty citrus hops. 

Taste & Feel 
The taste is sweet and malty up front, with some light caramel and yeasty bread flavors.The hops are light and citrusy, with hints of spice. The body is surprising more substantial than what I'd expect from something called "Island Summer Ale." It feels silky and buttery and finishes smooth, with a lasting sweetness.

Verdict
Not bad. It has a light, summery character without coming off thin or watery. Plenty of flavor for what I expected to be another crisp, easy-drinker. I'd give it a "B."

Monday, September 6, 2010

Coney Island Craft Lagers - Albino Python

Bio
Coney Island Lagers are brand of Shmaltz Brewing Company, and are widely available across the country. One has to appreciate the labels of all of their beers, which are styled after carnival sideshow posters.

Albino Python is a spiced white lager brewed with ginger, fennel and sweet orange peel.

6.0% ABV

Appearance
There's really nothing I can do to describe this beyond telling you... it looks exactly like carbonated orange juice.

It offers up a very effervescent pour that produces a fleeting head. Mine also had quite a bit of yeast sediment.


Aroma
A fairly well-balanced aroma that incorporates a sweet, light malt and a citrusy hops. A sharp wheat scent cuts through both, while orange peel dominates the spices.

Taste & Feel
This one is all over the place. It has a light, but heavily carbonated body and plenty of flavors that each stands out on its own. It leads off with a sweet caramel malt and light spciiness that turns to a wheaty flavor halfway through. Citrus hops are present throughout and compliment the orange peel and spices. Toward the finish, it gets sweet again, with more caramel flavors. The finish is citrusy and sour, with a lasting tingle.


Verdict
Certainly one of the more interesting beers I've had in awhile. At times it was more like a mimosa than a beer. I'm not sure I'd buy this on my own. Cold, it's a B, but the enjoyability dwindles quickly as it warms. Try one, but drink it fast.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cottrell Brewing Co. - Old Yankee Ale

Bio
Old Yankee is Cottrell's flagship beer. I got it in a beer of the month shipment, but their regular distribution area is rather limited, covering southern New England.

Appearance
Translucent copper color. The thin, white head is light and lacy, like egg whites. Tough to see through the clouded appearance, but upon close inspection, quite a bit of carbonation is visible.

Aroma
A light, malty aroma led by a sweet apple scent.

Taste & Feel
Leads off with a bit of a bubbly burst before mellowing out to a smoother feel. The flavor is similar to the aroma... a light malt filled with an apple fruitiness. It drys out toward the finish, where earthy hops make an appearance.

Verdict
Pretty good. I typically let my ales warm up a bit before drinking them, but I had a second bottle straight from the fridge and actually found it this beer to be extremely enjoyable at a colder temperature. A solid B+.