Hello again! Aaron here from Top Ten Liquors with this week’s beer picks. I decided to share some with you that are seemingly becoming more and more popular. Now, truth to be told fruit in beer gives me mixed emotions. I have had some that I just love(!!) and others that left me feeling like they had a bad batch of beer and thought throwing some fruit in it would pass it off as something drinkable. I guess what I’m trying to say is, if it is good beer why would they mess it up with fruit juice. BUT WAIT! Keep reading…So, how did this phenomenon start? Radler is the Bavarian dialect for Radfahrer (cyclist). There are several theories about the origin of the beverage and its naming, but they are all dated in the 19th century, when the beverage became a popular thirst quencher with lower alcoholic content than beer within the emerging movement of recreational cycling among the working class. Interesting!
OK, let’s get started with the three beers I find to be particularly enjoyable.
And Now, the Brews
|Ballast Point | Grapefruit sculpin IPA|
|Ballast Point Grapefruit sculpin IPA-Let’s start here. How do I not love this beer? It’s one of my favorite fruits and my favorite styles of beer, the IPA, all jammed into one can. Yesssssss. You guys, this is so easy to drink. It has a lovely red/orange hue to it, pours a nice thick head that softly kisses the rim of your favorite glass and has a lovely aroma balance of sweet grapefruit and the bitterness of the hops. It’s interesting, the bitterness comes first and finishes on the sweet note of the grapefruit. The regular sculpin is already a fan favorite so the grapefruit just adds an additional dimension of goodness. Even with the added fruit, the alcohol percentage still sits at 7% which is plenty for me.
I would rate this beer 4 out of 5 bottle caps.
|6pk cn/btl | 7% ABV | 70 IBUs
Serving: Pairs well with: Hawaiian pizza and Puff salad.
|Sea Dog | Wild Blue|
|If you have stopped into Andover lately, I have likely already encouraged you to add this to your cart. Wild Blue comes to you from Sea Dog, a small brewery out of Maine. If you love blueberries than this is hands down the best beer for you! MMMMMM Blueberries… The moment you pop that top you are embraced in a big ol’ blueberry hug. It pours a nice golden amber hue – not much head to speak of. The carbonation is light and dances across your tongue as you enjoy its blueberry goodness. Wild Blue has just enough fruit flavor-Not so much that it fleeces what was a darn good beer to begin with. I cannot say this is a beer for me but l can appreciate that this is a good beer and my wife LOVED it. I have enjoyed sharing samples of Wild Blue with others and seeing how much they fall in love with it. Heads up, this is a seasonal beer so grab some while it lasts.
I would rate this beer 3 out of 5 bottle caps.
|6pk btl | 8% ABV
Serving: Pairs well with: Cheese cake and Cheetos.
|Odell | Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA|
|Last but not even close to least, the one and only, Odell Tree Shaker. It is a big Imperial Peach IPA that I can NOT get enough of. With its nice hop bite and ton of sweet peach, Odell Tree Shaker has retained some solid real estate in my beer fridge. The bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the peach play so well together. For a big beer it is almost too good to be true that it can drink so smooth-4 cans are simply not enough. It has a great golden color with a gentle, petite head. *Deep inhale*I get a lot of peach in the nose with a perfect balance of hoppy bitterness. As you taste Odell Tree Shaker both the hop and peachy flavor mix so perfectly. They companion like chips and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, pizza and ranch-You get the picture. They are two peas in a pod. They speak each other’s language. Odell Tree Shaker isn’t your light summer beer that you would drink on the front porch in 90 degree weather. HOWEVER, turn on the air and move the lazy boy so you have a good view of the backyard and enjoy the heavy presence you are left with after each sip. Trust me on this.
I would rate this beer 5 out of 5 bottle caps. Odell Tree Shaker is a winner in my book.
|4pk btl | 8% ABV | 48 IBUs
Serving: Pairs well with: ANY cobbler and grilled kabobs.
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