Needing a refreshing beverage, I reached into the magic fridge and pulled out an Oarsman Ale from Bell’s Brewery.
Oh, yeah, what a nice, refreshing wheat ale. Just what I was looking for. This is a really light wheat with a lovely puckering tartness. Not much more to say about that. It’s a very good and sessionable beer.
So I move on to Low Life, a pilsner from Evil Twin Brewing.
It appears to be highly carbonated. Big-bubbled white head atop a hazy orange-ish beer.
Pilsner means a very specific thing to me. Is this pilsner?
In a blind taste test, I don’t think I would identify this as a pilsner. But I would identify Low Life as a highly drinkable beer.
Perhaps if it were presented as an American pre-Prohibition lager – at least that’s what I get it from it. Pilsner to me means something very specific, something I learned to love in the Czech Republic where pilsner was born.
Pilsner is golden. Pilsner is light on the palate but deeply malty and spicy from the local Saaz hops.
This is not that. This looks too rough and ready for the cool, calm, collected pilsners I know. However, I like the Low Life and its obvious reference to Miller High Life.
I finished off this thirsty search for flavor by cracking open a Pineapple Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing, with an immediately intriguing waft of pineapple escaping the can.
Yes. I could be back on Maui’s beautiful Big Beach with this IPA.
Brilliant. Delicious. Heavenly. Pineapple was meant for beer!
Yum! Seventeen thumbs up for Pineapple Sculpin!