Monday, August 3, 2015

Bent Paddle Paddle Break Blonde

This 6.0% ABV Belgian-style Blonde Ale is from the Bent Paddle Brewing Company of Duluth, Minnesota. the can compare the balance of citrus and yeast to balancing a canoe on your shoulders, and suggests any one of Minnesota's 5,000 campsites as a good place to drink this beer.

The beer pours golden in color. There is over an inch of white, tight, foamy head. The aroma is honey, flowers, grain, with light yeast esters. The taste follows the aromas, sweetness, bread dough, flowers, and the light yeast notes, herbs and banana. The beer drinks crisp and refreshing with tingling carbonation. The finish is dry with a light to moderately bitter, grassy, finish. This is enjoyable and a nice summer beer. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Tallgrass Ginger Peach Saison

This is a 4.8% ABV saison ale made with ginger and peaches. It is from the Tallgrass Brewing Company in Manhattan, Kansas.

The beer pours a hazy orange golden. There is a tall, ragged, white head with big popping bubbles. The aroma is strong on ginger, moderate on yeasty, estery saison notes, and lightest on the peach tones. The taste follows the path of the aromas, drinking like a big, traditional ginger beer with yeast notes added, the peach barely discernible in the taste, mostly a light note on the finish. The beer drinks crisply carbonated, adding the bite of carbonation to the bite of ginger. I like the strong ginger, but I wish they would amp up the peach a bit to contrast with it.