I am usually not a fan of German style beers, but when the weather turns warm, I find myself reaching for weissbiers in all of their refreshing varieties. They are light, yet still flavorful, and being relatively low in ABV, you can have a few to quench your powerful thirst on a hot day. I had my first Sly Fox beer just a few weeks ago, and it was good enough and cheap enough that I am trying to work my way through their stable of beers in short order. I tried another one recently and the Royal Weisse is a big hit here at Tilting Suds. Pale golden and cloudy on the pour, with the banana and clove aroma and flavor that I associate with German summer beers, this had a nice wheat maltiness and an effervescent carbonation that was refreshing. I had a few of these while I was grilling my dinner after a long bike ride along the Hudson River, and they were perfect. I am giving the Sly Fox Royal Weisse an 8.5/10, and will be drinking it all summer long.
After my recent dipshittery concerning canned beer, I have made an effort to seek out other examples of craft beer in cans as a sort of penance.* I have picked up a few over the past couple of weeks, and give them the once over here.
The Phoenix Pale Ale from Pennsylvania’s Sly Fox was a tasty concoction. The toffee malts are balanced by the mild hops, with the hops a bit stronger on the tongue than in the aroma. This poured a beautiful clear amber, with a frothy but quickly dissipating head. There is no ‘WOW’ factor with this beer, but it is smooth and flavorful, and at 5.1% ABV, you can knock back a few. It has earned a spot at the back of the rotation, 6.5/10.
San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewing Company is not well known on the East Coast, but that should change soon as I am seeing their beers pop up in stores here more frequently. The Brew Free or Die IPA is smooth and mild, not too hoppy for a West Coast IPA, and the smoothness masks the 7.0% ABV. The hoppiness has a fruity aftertaste. Again, there is no ‘WOW’ factor with this beer, but it is another good one, 6.5/10.
Sweet Jeebus, this one knocked me on my ass. This was my last beer of the recent session with Mr. JK, and knocking back a beer with an 8.7% ABV when you are already pickled is not a smart idea. Drinking this was like getting cold cocked by Mike Tyson in his prime. I had another one for review purposes a few days later, and can report that the Oskar Gordon Ale is a fine beer. Hoppy and malty at the same time, the aroma and the taste are resinous, with a chewy mouth feel. You cannot drink many of these in a sitting, but the ones you do drink are enjoyable, 7.5/10.
*-Bless me, Father, for I have sinned
–What are your sins, my son?
-I made a misleading statement on the internet about canned beer
–Say three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys, and drink three canned beers