I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I really want to love beers brewed locally. Some work, while others fall flat. After reading a great article in edibleBoston about two new breweries in Everett, I knew I had to give them a try. First up for me is Pandora, a Belgian-inspired ale from Idle Hands Craft Beer.
Pandora is packaged in a 750ml bottle with cork and cage. I love both their logo and story (read the article linked up above). As a former homebrewer I love to see people follow their dream into commercial brewing.
Pandora pours a hazy orange with a light, bubbly head. It has the trademark Belgian smell, with lemons and bread coming through. It’s not overpowering, but it’s there and pleasant.
The first taste is delicious. Just enough complexity to make it interesting, but nothing outside of the style. A very refreshing beer, with citrus and green apple early and a hint of black pepper on the finish. I really like this beer. It’s nicely balanced throughout and opens up a little as it warms. This would be great on a hot afternoon.
If you’re in the Boston area, I encourage you to find this beer. It works and is worth your attention. I look forward to trying their other brews (and stopping in to see the brewery) sometime soon!
Vitals: Served in a tulip glass at 45F. 6% ABV.
Taste: A-. Very smooth. Loved it.
Drinkability: A-. Easy to have more than one.. and enjoy every minute. Light and delicious.
Packaging: B+. Just enought info (date bottled, ABV, little story) to get the nod.
Value: B. Any time you buy a 750ml it’s going to be pricey. But this one is worth the extra $$.