Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lancaster Brewing Amish Four Grain Pale Ale

Type: Pale Ale
Origin: Lancaster, PA
Price: $9/6-pack
ABV: 5.3%
NSP: 12.54 (unscaled)

I really need to work on my photo lighting.

Let's see how Lancaster Brewing does with the calibration beer. Apparently this one's made with barley, rye, oats, and wheat, hence Four Grain. I have no idea what makes this Amish, other than the fact that the brewery's right in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country.

I suppose the color of this is from the rye...definitely a lot darker than most pale ales I've seen. The nose is interesting, mainly because it's barely there. By far the lightest nose of any beer I've yet reviewed. It smells like beer (in case you missed it, that's a compliment from me when it comes to pale ale), just less so, if that makes sense. A little bit of malt with a slight hop twist, but it's so delicate that it's hard to discern anything beyond that. The flavor, though, changes the story a little bit. It's still very light and delicate, but it at least has a good amount of flavor. Light malt with just a touch of bitterness, in nearly perfect balance. And the finish is amazingly clean- pretty much all of the flavor is gone within 5 seconds.

This beer is actually pretty amazing. It's incredibly simple, but it's got great flavor, and the balance and finish are outstanding. You know those Michelob Ultra or whatever the fuck ads that show people going for a run and drinking beer afterwards like it's supposed to be hydrating like Gatorade? This is a beer that I could actually see being used that way, it's so refreshing and clean. If I could get this in San Diego, I'd be all over it, and then I'd session the hell out of it.

1 comment:

  1. I'd hate to be Munsoned in the middle of Amish country without this beer.