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

 

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I Can’t Hait(i) This: Founders’ Azacca IPA

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On the docket:  12 oz. bottle of Founders’ Azacca IPA

Poured into a 6 oz wine glass

S: Amber orange, clear body supports a thick, foamy off-white head. Excellent retention. Consistent, thin bands of lacing left on the glass. Tiny bubbles wend their way up to the surface.

A: Intense, tropical nose of mango and citrus. Just a hint of pine, plus apple or pear. Heavenly to inhale this aroma. A simple, clean malt flavor provides a touch of sweetness.

T: Much of the nose carries over into the flavor. The mango and citrus are there. The malt starts early, then dies off, giving way to the fruity hops. The pine finishes out the experience, drying the tongue and providing a great bitterness counterpoint.

F: Medium body, excellent carbonation with tiny bubbles to aid in resetting the palate for the next sip.

O: My first experience with the Azacca varietal, and a very pleasant experience.

S: 4 A: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4 O: 4.25

Pair with: Salads with a citrus vinaigrette dressing, glazed chicken

Note:  Azacca is the god of agriculture to the native religion of Haiti.

Something Berry Different: Pacific Gem Single Hop

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On the docket:  Green Flash Brewing Co.’s Pacific Gem Single Hop (American Pale Ale)

Poured into: 6 oz wine glass

S: Hazy honey-gold body that supports a nearly tan head.

A: Berries! Blackberry leads the procession, followed by a darker fruit note… black currant? Some woody note in there too, plus a cracker-like malt in support. Subtle, inviting.

T: More berries, in the taste. In addition, a white-bread crust shows up in a clean crisp malt. Ends quite fruity, rather than bitter and hoppy.

F: Medium-light body, average carbonation, but that’s ok. The flavors here are subtle and delicate- less scrubbing action needed.

O: My first experience with a Pacific Gem single-hop beer. Enjoyable, easy to session.

S: 3.75 A: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4.0 O: 4.25

Pairs with: Fruit salad, mild cheeses, chicken or pork with a berry-reduction sauce.