Orange You Glad for El Dorado Hops? Maine Beer Co.’s A Tiny Beautiful Something

On the docket:  Maine Beer Co.’s A Tiny Beautiful Something

poured into:  Innis & Gunn stemmed craft glass

S:  A honey-gold body fills out underneath a thick creamy ecru head.  The cap sits as a quarter-inched layer of tiny, dense bubbles.  This one is a bit cloudy, almost giving the impression of an often-consumed breakfast drink.  Microscopic bubbles awake and make their way to the top of the glass from its base.

A:  Am aroma redolent with orange greets the nostrils, eventually ceding to a clean, crisp malt background.  There’s a very subtle, almost miss-able floral note, too.

T:  A small zap of sweetness followed by an immense orange-citrus flavor rolls over the palate.  You’d almost think MBC (as opposed to BMC!) poured orange juice into the beer.  But surely, this is not the case.  The El Dorado hops are here in force.  From the malt we get a clean, cracker and slightly cereal-like combination; it plays well with the orangey hops.

F:  Smooth, due to the addition of flaked oats, but with plenty of carbonation and a slight oily feel.  Medium-light body and medium finish.  This one sticks around for a while, with a moderate bitterness and plenty of juicy orange hops on the finish.  The end is more zest than flesh, but that’s fine by me.

O:  Delicious, drinkable, refreshing.  Great introduction to fruity American Pale Ales.  Ideal for drinking with brunch or a sunny spring day.  Beautiful.

Suggested food pairing:  Spring-mix salad with orange vinaigrette dressing, creamy cheddar cheese, Eggs over easy with a dash of salt and pepper with a side of bacon, lightly-treated white fish, fruit tart