Summertime review

As other fellow Texans are no doubt aware, hell has turned up the thermostat on this great state of ours. With the high temps comes a desire for those refreshing pale brews. Here are a couple of brews worth breaking out this time of year:

Brewery: Anchor
Beer: Anchor Summer Beer
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 4.6%
Rating out of 5: 3.45
Reviewed on: 08-02-2008

Appearance – Crystal clear gold color. It forms a 3 finger white head. Head eventually falls to a ring, but leaves adequate lacing .

Smell – Light aroma. Wheat malt with a citrusy/lemon backbone.

Taste – Reminds me more of a pale lager versus a wheat ale. As with the nose the flavor is fairly light as well. Its crisp with wheat and citrus/lemon flavors. The finish is dry and citrusy.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied with an effervescent carbonation.

Overall this a refreshing brew. A good quaffer for these blistering summer days. The beer is fairly light all the way around. Its a good brew, but there are other summer brews I would reach for.

Brewery: Bear Republic
Beer: XP Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Rating out of 5: 4.35
Reviewed on: 09-15-2007

Appearance: A beautiful golden copper color. Dense off white head, with some staying power. As it drops it leaves beautiful lacing the whole way down.

Smell: Hops, and plenty of em. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon fight for domination. In the back ground there is a bit of tropical fruit sweetness.

Taste: Hop dominated. Light bready malt, immediately followed by citrusy hops. More grapefruit, orange hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a dry finish. Medium body.

This is one hell of a tasty pale ale. The mild malt character and strong citrusy hops make for a most refreshing brew. Cheers to Bear Republic for another excellent brew.


~ by thebrewgeek on Sunday, August 3, 2008.

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