You’ve got a beautiful Sol. Happy Sol by @Slumbrew

Happy Sol by Slumbrew  is just such a beautiful looking beer. I’ve seen it in photos numberous times, and always thought that the color is perfect. I don’t think the lighting or the disturbed yeast in my photos do it justice, but this is one beer to behold. 

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Interestingly the orange hue doesn’t just come from the grain in this wheat beer, but rather a large addition of blood oranges. Despite my inquiring, I’ve not been able to find out just how many lbs per barrel are in it, but they indicate on their site it’s over a thousand. What ever it is, it’s the right amount for the color and the aroma. Happy Sol has the nose of a bumped up Hefeweizen, some clove and coriander, and the blood orange. The beer poured cloudy, as a hefe should be. 

The beer is crisp, with not a lot of lingering taste, just a bit of pithy bitterness. A beer with the low ibu I would not expect more hop presence. I do wonder if my bottle were fresher there’d be more orange in the after taste. I gave my wife a sip, and she promptly requested a glass. If you are a wheat fan, which I count myself, this is a nice example, from a small local brewing company. Local scores points with me as I’m an unrepentant homer.

Another thing that scores points with me is the level of detail available about the beer on theirwebesite.  With the details provided, any hombrewer with brewing software and some basic style knowledge could come up with a recipe. This is a sign of a confident brewer, they know they make good beer, and can continue to make new and exciting beers, and don’t have to hide their recipe as if it’s their only asset. Kudos! 

 

Vital Stats: 22oz bottle served in a tulip so I could admire it’s amazing color. 5.5% ABV, 18 IBU.

Taste: B+. Clean, refreshing, and a great summer beer for the back porch. 

Appearance: A+ Amazing. Best looking beer. I can’t say this enough.

Drinkability: A.  ‘Could drink this all night’ quote from my wife.

Packaging: B+. The actual label design doesn’t speak to me, but has all the important info, abv, bu, when to drink, and bottled on date. 

 

Festina peche

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Another quick post. This is a peach flavored Berliner weisse. A style nearly extinct in the commercial market. This isn’t traditional as its normally flavored at the time of service, and at a very low abv, however this is a very serviceable example . It is one of the few US brewed examples I am aware of that is available nationally, albeit only as a summer seasonal.
Summary it’s a beer I am really enjoying lately, may not be a style for everyone. It is a sour beer, in a subtle way. It’s a very crisp refreshing beer enjoyable and won’t weight you down. The fruit is apparent on both the nose and taste, but isnt too intense.
There is no shortage of interesting beers brewed by dogfish head, while I almost always am intrigued by them, and frequently buy those large factor bottles. More often than not I don’t revisit them. This is a four pack I am already on my second and I will be getting a few more before the season is over.

X ale part II

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Just a quick few words, and few photos. This is the second half of my pretty things x ale review. The 1838 version of the recipe. With the memories of the 1945 version long gone from my senses, I have to rely on notes to compare.
As you’d guess from the vitals, these are to vastly different beers under the same name. This is golden, and bitter with lots of hop bite. None of the dark malt and easy drinking of the mild. The level of perfume in this is almost over bearing. All together an interesting exercise, but not one to seek out.

Vitals: 7.4 abv. Served too cold in a perfect pint.
Branding / packaging: b+ interesting story, good level of detail, including brewed on date, and history.
Drink ability: B a little too hop forward, and flowery to be more than a pint.