A first from this brewery and yet another from California.
The bottle look magnificent – almost a retro, dumpy little stubby shape with a great label that, I think, has a picture of a sperm whale engraved onto a sperm whales tooth. Make sense? Anyway, it looks good.
Appearance: pours a lovely clear, straw colour with a 1 finger head.
Aroma: this smells wonderful. Lemongrass, a little apple, a little wonderful perfumey hop with some cereal grains. Really good.
Taste: oh wow, I’m enjoying this. Some really good mild bitterness from the noble mops intertwined with some wonderful grainy malt. Some fruit notes poke through – apple, maybe some pear. A little honey sweetness at the end. Very crisp, very clean, very good.
I find pilsners can be very hit or miss but I loved this from the first mouthful right through to the final mouthful. An excellent pilsner, an excellent beer and at 4.4% one of the best American session beers I’ve had. And it turns out it’s won a slew of awards. I will have to find more beers from this brewery…