Real Ale Lost Gold IPA & Saint Arnold Weedwacker

July 4, 2011

Real Ale has become one of my favorite brewers and anyone who can get their hands on this beer will understand why: The Lost Gold is a damn fine IPA, pouring a cloudy orange with a nice head.  The hops smell and taste of grapefruit, and are balanced by the breadlike malts.  This is not a gamechanger IPA, not a hop bomb like some West Coast IPAs, not a classic that you should move heaven and earth to get, but it is a very drinkable example of the style, 7/10, and  another rock solid offering from Real Ale, and one which I will happily drink year round.

As the Saint Arnold website says, Saint Arnold’s Weedwacker is sort of a Hefeweizen, but not quite.  Saint Arnold takes their Fancy Lawnmower, which is a Kolsch, and pitches Hefeweizen yeast, rather than ale yeast.  The yeast gives it that distinctive banana and clove flavor that is the hallmark of the Hefeweizen, and it is cloudy too, but it is hoppier than any Hefeweizen I have had. It is crisp and refreshing, a great beer for a scorching summer day.  I am not really a fan of the Fancy Lawnmower, but I love the Weedwacker, 7.5/10.


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