Sly Fox Marynka Pale Ale!
One of their Hop Project beers, I found this at Half-Time beverage on tap. And it was 50% off. Hot diggity damn! The Scottish in me was exceedingly happy. Got a half gallon for 7 and change. Friend picked up some of the Sly Fox Seamus Irish Red for about 50 cents more. Looks like these are special holiday releases, which would explain the 50% off. Honestly, I don't care, mine's fucking delicious. Notes:
Appearance is the color of a new penny. Light copper with a finger of white head that vanishes rather quickly, leaving limited lacing.
Smell is hoppy and floral, very forwardly so. Slightly metallic but not in a bad way. Citrus fruit (grapefruit) and malty, fresh bread. Not exceedingly complex, but doesn't fall flat and lets you know that it's a pale ale.
Taste is interesting. Starts with a sweet cracker/biscuit like flavor that transforms into a flash of very sweet clover honey. It doesn't last long as the hops pretty much quickly powerhouse into a floral, bitter finish that lasts a good bit.
Mouthfeel is substantial, but lacking carbonation a bit. I'm chalking it up to just being a growler, so I won't take points off for it. Not watery or lackluster, it holds up well as a medium bodied beer.
Ok. Despite the fact that, yes, its in growler form so its not as carbonated as I was hoping, its still a decent beer. I was honestly expecting something a little more...special. With a bit more oomph. But whatever. Its still a solid beer that I would probably buy again if it came in bottles and if it came in cans, I'd be all over this like white on rice. Interestingly enough, found out that Brooklyn Lager comes in cans now too, which is awesome because I love that damn lager and cans make it much less alcoholic if I decide to drink outside at, say...noon. I heard you can cut off the top and bottom of a Coke/Pepsi/Mt. Dew can and just slide it over the top...but that's for people that want to drink before noon. Not me. Never. Ever.