|Brewery||Around the Bend Beer Co.|
Best Quote During Tasting
My favorite time to drink? Between October and February.
|Aroma - Big pear and sweet malts come out of the beer first. There is a slight grassiness that is present also but it's not off-putting. The malts are biscuit and wheat bread and right at the end, you even get a little bit of apple.|
|Appearance - The beer is a crystal clear gold with a rocky, white head that sits tall on top of the beer. Without agitation, the foam on the beer stays a quarter inch tall for minutes at a time.|
|Flavor - The malts are big in this one with sweet caramel and toasted bread mixing nicely together. The hops are actually the second thing you notice but this beer is definitely well-balanced. The hops are spicy and floral with some citrus for sure but they don't "pop" like a lot of west coast IPAs. The sweetness evokes honey and while the beer is balanced closer to the sweet side, it's not cloying. The yeast in this one really make it different because it's got some apple character and some fruity notes that are specific to the yeast.|
|Mouthfeel - The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. It's got a nice, smooth feel on your tongue.|
|Overall Impression - This one drinks like an amped up English IPA. It doesn't have the huge hop character that American IPAs are known for but it brings a decent amount of bitterness. The yeast strain made for some fun flavors and added a lot of complexity. Just be prepared for this unique representation of the style if you have it because if you're expecting a big, crazy, hoppy beer, you'll be disappointed.|