Friday, May 11, 2012

Beer Review: Thank You Allan

Reviewing the Thank You Allan from Maine Beer Company.
Score: 69

Not bottle date, but a Google search indicates this beer was released March 1, 2012 and there are only 250 bottles. Served in a Russian River footed glass and enjoyed on 05/10/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent apple juice color with a finger of fizzy white head that quickly and totally settles. No pop to the cork, which was disappointing after the shotgun rocket that was the cork to the Oude Gueze I had last weekend. No lacing or retention. There is no sediment in my glass, despite the bottle's warning about yeasty sediment in the bottle. 3.5/5

Smell: Sour apple, white grape, pear syrup and candied lemon. There is a hint of sweet rice vinegar and a little grapefruit too. No hops. Decent sour aroma without any funkiness. 3.75/5

Taste: What the eff? This is not a wild ale. There's a crisp bitter citrus sourness upfront, but that quickly subsides into a medley of bland lager flavors. There is a tin-y aftertaste with a residual stale apple juice linger. Cornmeal, bready malt, grain and apple cores. Bleh! This is not undrinkable, but why drink this? 2/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Has a thin "lager juice" mouthfeel. Dry finish. A bit acidic. 3/5

Overall: I don't care what Maine Beer Company says; this is not a wild ale. This beer tastes like an American adjunct lager with a stale apple twist.

Recommendation: Avoid this beer. I truly appreciate the generous gesture from my friend in sending me this limited brew, but this beer is not good.

Pairings: Brats.

Cost: $25 for a 500 ml bottle.

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