Monday, June 30, 2014

Beer Review: Lil Sister

Reviewing the Lil Sister, a soured pale ale collaboration from Goose Island Beer Company and DryHop Brewers out of Chicago, Illinois.

Score: 95

Tap pour served in a Goose Island branded plastic cup and enjoyed on 05/18/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a murky yellow-orange color that fades to yellow at the upper edges. Served with a thin layer of head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Solid lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Apricot jam, strawberry bubblegum, lemon and sweet corn on the cob. Lovely ripe fruitiness. Hint of basil. There was no fruit added to the mash or the barrels according to the brewer. Incredibly appealing, well-integrated nose. 5/5

Taste: Starts and finishes with sweet corn on the cob flavor. Lemon zestiness, hint of apricot, yeast, and a kiss of fruit in the middle. Nice sweet and sour mix, though not quite as good as nose led on. This beer is super juicy/refreshing and crazy crushable. Quite flavorful for a 3.8% ABV brew! 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Incredibly juicy mouthfeel, good carbonation for the style. Lightly tart and sweet. Crushable and refreshing. 4.5/5

Overall: Insanely crushable and refreshing. Intensely flavorful for a low ABV brew. One of the best beers and biggest surprises of the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse Event. This was easily the best sour there, and one of the best beers on tap.

Cost: $4 for a 13 oz draft pour at Dry Hop.

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