Tasting: June 17, 2011
Style: Summer Ale
How does a serious movie critic realistically and fairly review a movie for kids? They arenâ€™t kids themselves, but they probably have to speculate on what kids would like in a movie. Instead of judging the quality of the cinematography or character development, they have to judge if the film had the appropriate amount of fart jokes. I think the same here with reviewing summer beers for me. I like a cold beer on a hot day, but admittedly, seasonal summer beers arenâ€™t a first choice for me. If I want cold, crisp and thirst quenching after mowing the lawn – I would tend to grab a Stella Artois or a Heineken. For the most, I like a crisp pale ale like Bellâ€™s Two-Hearted Ale or Sierra Nevadaâ€™s Pale Ale if Iâ€™m concentrating of having a good beer. Maybe Iâ€™ll expand my summer beer horizon with some of the pop-swap offerings this month.
First up is Breckenridgeâ€™s Summer Bright Ale. I was with John at Wine & Beverage Depot when he bought it. He liked the die-cut six pack holder and the label design. He also like the fact that it stated it was brewed with lemon and orange peel. Itâ€™s time to decide if there is any substance to this beer behind the movie poster. Also from the label – 4.5% ABV
Pours an extremely pale color, really cloudy with little to no head. Get some fake lemon (like Pledge) on the nose with some background wheat. Some biscuit with that same fake lemon on the back. The flavor is bugging me — it tastes off, very unpleasant. I’m trying to envision having this after mowing the lawn — but I’m sure I’d walk past it 100 times out of 100. I’ll have to say 68.