The Key of L# (sharp): Freewill’s Key Lime Lambic

Free_Will_Key_Lime_LambicOn the docket:  475mL bottle of Free Will’s Key Lime Lambic

Poured into:  Innis & Gunn stemmed craft glass

S:  A nearly lemonade-golden yellow, slightly hazy body spills into the glass, with only the faintest stark-white head.  Tight clinging to the outside rim, consisting of small and medium bubbles.  More bubbles lazily rise to the surface from the bottom of the glass.

A:  Green with envy?  This one boasts boatloads of limeade, tartness, and a hint of funk.  Fairly one-dimensional, but very fragrant and refreshing aroma.

T:  If you’ve ever eaten key-lime pie, with that mandatory meringue topping, imagine that with a spritz of carbonation and the tartness of a sour lime candy, and you have yourself Freewill’s lambic.  The malt and hops are overshadowed by the puckering citrus.  Crisp.  Let this one warm just a tad in order to experience the subtle malty sweetness, which shows up oddly enough, on the finish.  Want a little less twang?  Pull air through your mouth as you would with wine, the aeration softens it up.

F:  Light to medium-light.  Tingly, biting carbonation does a major scrub-job on your tongue.  Awesome for a hot day.  Try this over a gin/vodka gimlet.  Long finish that morphs slowly from citrus to just a hint of grainy sweetness that emerges on the lips.

O:  Certainly tart and sour, but flavor-packed and refreshing.  Noted on the website, all natural flavoring and no back-sweetening (post brewing).  Perhaps a beginner or intermediate sour beer, and a definite must-try for Key lime pie lovers and sour fruit candy eaters.  Warheads anyone?

Suggested food pairing:  Summer salad with blood or mandarin oranges and arugula, jerk chicken, Thai, Vietnamese or Indian food, and sure, Key lime pie with a homemade graham cracker crust.