Howdy fellow snobs!
Up today we have a rare dual post [alarm sounds go here]! Don and I are actually together, at the same time, reviewing the same beer much like in the days of pre-children. I had to fake a plumbing incident to get him over here but Don wasn’t too upset to find out he packed his tools for nothing.
On deck is another great beer from Starr Hill called Whiter Shade of Pale. This beer won the World Beer Cup 2014 Gold Award in the American-Belgo-Style category – pretty cool honor and we’re enjoying this one so far. As a matter of fact, Don drank half of his before I had my first sip.
This beer pours with a nice half inch head sitting atop a beautiful golden base. On the nose, we’re getting citrus, touch of pine, is that tangerine? Honestly, it’s hard to get a nose as someone is making tacos upstairs. That said, we’re probably missing a few scents. On the tongue, this beer starts with a big fruity sweet note which quickly shifts to a hop bitterness leaving the palate dry and ready for the next sip. This beer clocks in at 7.5% and 45 IBUs which has made for a very nice middle ground as far as alcohol content goes.
Final snobs: Given the expediency of Don’s sampling, this beer goes down very quick. It’s got a great flavor with a dryness that leads quickly to the next sip. We can see why it won at the World Beer Cup. Great beer, we’ll be looking for more of this.