Thursday, June 12, 2014

off color brewing Apex Predator

type: "third trophic level" farmhouse ale
origin: Chicago, IL
price: $13/4-pack 12oz
ABV: 6.5%
NSP: 7.1
website

Here's a situation where the guy with the aesthetically pleasing packaging wins:  I know next to nothing about this brewery, and yet somehow the excellent bottle design allows my brain to take the leap of faith and purchase a rather expensive pack of beer (although the NSP is decent).

But this doesn't disappoint.  The aromas are subtle, but appetizing; I get some fruity hops, some honey, and "wild" yeastie flavors.  The flavors are not terribly complex, but the beer is well executed.  The acidity is nice, and the body is suitable mild, with just a touch of hops.  Very nice.  In fact, nice enough for me to ignore the fact that apex predators are actually at the fifth trophic level -- DUH.

This would absolutely crush the doldrums from a long, hard day of manual labor.  The bad thing about being a scientist, though, is that the only manual labor I ever have to do is some typing on my super low-profile Apple keyboard -- man my fingers are tired.  Oh well, at least I can pretend I make a difference in this world.

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