Thursday, August 13, 2009

Brooklyn Summer Ale - Thursday, August 13th

Ah, the wonders of summer. Last night was spent in a quite serviceable night of Company of Heroes (a WWII Real Time Strategy game that I highly recommend) and a bottle of Macallan 12 year. I've had significantly worse nights. On for tonight is a bottle of Brooklyn in my beer stash that had to come home from college. I decided to pull out the Macallan yesterday and remember that I had several damn good beers that I never really got around to during the year. So, what better time to catch up on work than the summer? Up for tonight is the Brooklyn Summer Ale:

Pours a caramel color with two fingers of snow white head. Leaves medium amounts of lacing down the glass as it's drunk.

Smell is tasty and very crisp. Clean, fresh malt; not exactly bready but more sweet and clean. The crispness comes from a rather delicate but fruity and floral hop smell. Light citrus/grapefruit with pineapple and maybe apple.

Taste is softer than I expected. By the smell, it seems like it'll be really hoppy and pungent, but instead its far more gentle than I thought it would be. Cracker and fresh bread are more prominent, with only a very light bitterness and slight pine taste. I'm legitimately surprised.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery and too carbonated for my tastes.

It was honestly....mediocre. Its clearly one of those beers that you would be non-plussed if you drank a sixer on a hot day. Its more of a "just there" beer. Its got an alcohol content, its made with hops and malt, its fizzy, and when cold you can drink quite a few. Definitely a few steps up from most beers of that nature but not something I'd go for when I want something with lots of character and flavor. Like a real beer. No, I kid. Its really not bad. I'd probably get it again for something easy-drinking that I could give to my Busch/Miller/Coors friends if they want to try something more craft. It'd make for an easy, easy transition.

So, tomorrow is a run to the local cigar store as well as getting a few pints at a local brewery. I've thrown up a few reviews on Keegan Ales, but tomorrow we're going to the Hyde Park Brewery, a fine place to get a homebrewed (if a little lacking in body) beer and a GODDAMN fine burger. Seriously, you get the Canadian. It's got Canadian Bacon, some sort of mustard, and thick cut chips. You get the fucker rare or medium rare and it comes out smothered in America's Hat bacon and mustard. Oh, and its pretty much still mooing. It rocks so hard.

Also, as a side note, I'd like to get a digital camera for general shenanigans and, more importantly, putting pics on the ol' bloggo. If anyone's got any recommendations of a relatively cheap but decent brand, hit me up. Seriously, please, hit me up. I gotta know if SOMEONE reads this fucking thing.

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