Friday, October 31, 2014

Mankato Ceres Summer Ale

The Mankato Brewery is in North Mankato, Minnesota.  It is the first production brewery to be in that city since 1967. I'm getting to it late, but this is their 4.5% ABV American style wheat ale. Their bottles make glassware suggestions, and this suggests a weizen glass, so let's get to it.

The beer pours a hazy yellow golden in color. There is an inch of pure white foam, with a touch of whipped egg whites to it. The aroma is toasted wheat, lemon, light impression of spices. The taste follows the aromas, toasted wheat, tart lemon, with a surprisingly bitter finish, all combining for an overall effect of total refreshment. A tasty easy drinker perfect for the summer season.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bell's Mars

This 10.1% ABV Double India Pale Ale is Mars, The Bringer of War. It is the first of a seven part series of beers inspired by Gustav Holst's musical composition "The Planets." It is from Bell's Brewery of Comstock, Michigan.

The beer pours a deep amber with reddish tint. Mars is the red planet right? There is a tall, fairly thick head of off-white foam. The aroma is round, full of orange and tangerine, some subdued tropical fruit, guava and passion fruit, but also a bit spicy. The taste follows the aromas, alcohol upfront and very present, spicy, some tea with lemon, and some peach. The finish is very bitter and gives a strange mouthfeel like artificial sweeteners do. It drinks round and smooth, with a mild carbonation. This drinks pretty hot. I got to it a bit late, bottled 7-31-14, anyone know what it was like fresh?