Archive for the ‘American Pale Wheat Ale’ Category

As a child, my parents like to vacation in Hawaii. I enjoyed all of the surfing and beach time, but there was also a lot of great hiking in the area. The stars out there were unlike anything I have ever seen stateside. One of the other things that was different was the pineapple. I have never tasted pineapple as sweet or fresh as in Hawaii. I hope this beer delivers on that.

pineapplemana

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Maui Gold pineapple gives sweet aroma to this smooth-bodied, tropical brew.”

Random: I think Val would enjoy Hawaii.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. It also left a tiny crown on top of the dirty yellow body of the beer that had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose presented with wheat and a lot of fresh pineapple. The pineapple was fresh and really strong. The taste was also filled with pineapple juice and chunks with wheat. I kept trying to find other notes in the beer, but I struggled. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pineapple rings and pineapple juice. A can of this was $2.50, which broke down to $.20 per ounce. I assume that they slightly changed the recipe of this from the original and in a world of fruit flavored beers, this one actually delivered for me. I would get this again and pair it with pork.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

While I was out in Ohio, my buddy Scotty took me to a Blue Jackets game. We ended up getting tickets for $25 a pop and were about 10 rows up from the glass. I parked by his apartment in the Short North so we could grab dinner first and walk down to the arena. When I saw this beer on tap (which I had been searching out for years), I knew I had to review it.

gumballhead

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.”

Random: This is one of the few beers that lived up to the hype.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was surprisingly clear for the style with moderate carbonation visible. The color was light orange. The nose was really hoppy with a lot of grass and some pine. It also had a lot of citrus, specifically tangerine and some mango as well. There was very little wheat to the beer. The taste was equally hoppy and there was still very little wheat presence. It had grass, hop resin, mango, pineapple and orange juice. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick and grassy. The flavors that I got from this beer were not even close to what I was expecting. Despite that, I was impressed by this one. I wish it was distributed to Jersey so I could have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

One of the other things that I didn’t expect to see in Ohio was free parking. Basically everywhere except for the city proper had free parking. In the city itself, I only paid $3 for about 6 hours of parking in a garage. Out here, free parking in a city or even a municipal area is almost completely unheard of. This was a beer that I tried while my car was parked in a free lot.

hoptopus

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Upon this expert diver’s casual stroll through deep space, she finally discovered where all the missing socks have gone. Into Hoptopus’ hideout. Available May through July.”

Random: I can see why they chose this beer as a seasonal.

The beer poured with a half a finger of wheat head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and bright orange in color. I couldn’t see much carbonation in the body. The nose was filled with citrus with some tropical hops, along with wheat. The taste was all citrus up from with tangerines and oranges. It quickly went into mango and pineapple and wheat. There was a small amount of pine resin at the end of the sip. It had a light body with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with wheat and tangerine juice. I was surprised at how light the beer was and the depth of flavor that was imparted. It needed a touch more sweetness, but this was a decent beer that I enjoyed.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I picked up another Modern Times beer that got favorably reviewed on one of the podcasts I listened to. I’m all about a hoppy wheat, so let’s crack this open.

fortunateislands

ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fortunate Islands shares the characteristics of an uber-hoppy IPA and an easy drinking wheat beer. A massive dose of Citra and Amarillo hops gives it a blastwave of tropical hop aromatics: mango, tangerine, and passionfruit all leap out of the glass. Brewed with 60% wheat malt, Fortunate Islands also has the mild, nutty malt backbone, reasonable ABV, and restrained bitterness to make it an outstanding session beer.”

Random: The simplicity of their can art makes them stand out on the shelves.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was lightly hazy and straw yellow in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. On first sniff, this was way more like a hoppy pale ale than a wheat ale. It had a lot of grass, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Orange segments were present too. At the end, I thought I caught a hint of wheat, but this beer was really hoppy. The taste was exactly what I thought it would be from the nose. It was super grassy with grapefruit flesh and pith. The tropical fruit note manifested like mango and made it really bright. Tangerine body spray came through next. There was that same touch of wheat at the end of the sip, but this was all about the hops. Where it did remind me of a wheat beer was in the body. It was light with a lot of carbonation, which would make this easy to pound. The finish was quick, but had the tangerine room spray note. A pounder can of this was $3.50 ($.22 per ounce), which is a bit expensive for the style. Despite the price, if we got distribution of this, I would get it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I can’t remember the last time that I’ve had passion fruit, but more and more beers are using it (like this Avery beer) and I’m a fan.

passionfruitkicker

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “EXHILARATING ALE. We’ve kicked it up a notch by adding a tropical twist to this refreshing ale. Get amped on Passion Fruit Kicker—a jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, smooth brew with sweet, tart, fruity flavor. We layer passion fruit tea and passion fruit juice with wheat malt and 2-row malted barley to bring you this exhilarating crowd pleaser. Your palate will do a 360 for more of this luscious wheat ale.”

Random: I want to go back to Hawaii. The fruit there was ridiculously good.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and straw-yellow in color. I couldn’t see much carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was tart and juicy passion fruit. Some mango came through as well with wheat to back it up. This smelled like a summer beer to me. The taste was pretty tart up front and had a lot of authentic passion fruit as opposed to passion fruit flavoring. It also had mango and wheat with Cara Cara orange flesh. There was some bready malt at the end of this, which made the body a bit thick. It had a lot of carbonation, with assisted with the drinkability. The finish was quick, but filled with passion fruit and citrus flesh. A bottle of this was $1.92 ($.16 per ounce). I really enjoyed this beer. It would make for a great barbecue beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

During my trip to California, I picked up a few beers to have in the hotel room. Although I was there for 2 weeks, I didn’t get to try much since I had the flu for half of my time there. This was the first beer I tried and they don’t have distribution to New Jersey. Let’s see how it was.

mesohoney

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer is smooth with lingering tastes of honey. It is made right here in Poway from wild flowers and cloves. This is a very drinkable beer for both the novice craft beer drinker to the experienced triple IPA beer guy. We have gone through kegs of this beer already.”

Random:

The beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass, albeit not much. The body was cloudy and bright golden orange in color. There was soda-like carbonation visible. On the nose, I got huge amounts of floral honey and light citrus (ripe clementines). A cracker quality was there too, I assumed from the yeast. The taste was a bit different. I got the same floral honey note first and then orange oil, almost like a furniture cleaner. The citrus wasn’t intense, but provided a counterbalance to the honey. It had orange rind too. The sip finished with biscuit. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and sweet from the honey. The bomber was $6.99 ($.32 per ounce), which was quite affordable. I thought this beer was pretty good, although more than a bomber would have been too much of the orange oil note that I got. Despite that, if you see it, it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from a brewery I have absolutely no experience with. After some research, I found that it’s about 2 years old and in Virginia and owned by veterans. Let’s see how it was.

expedition

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From sea to shining sea was once only a dream. This dream became a reality thanks to a band of 33 travelers who braved the western expanse of America. Lead by two of America’s greatest expeditionaries, they traveled over the mountains and valleys, through the plains and across the rivers, building friendships and narrowly escaping death from their enemies. Starvation nearly took them, but the steadfast devotion and help of a native woman brought them to eternal glory. Let us remember the Corps of Discovery with the American Expedition, a light bodied American wheat ale. Bathed in farmers honey and spiced with ginger, it will give any traveler the fortitude and perseverance to carry on.”

Random: I’m craving Thai food. There is a place by my house that is supposedly good, so maybe I will have to try it.

This beer poured with a thick, three finger, pure white head. It was very slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy light yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was light, but had ginger, wheat, honey and Meyer lemon notes. The taste had the same wheat and lemon zest. There was ginger as well, but it was very light. There was also a dash of white pepper. The body was thin with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, bright finish with wheat. This was $1.99 for the can, which came to $.17 per ounce. This was a really refreshing beer that would have made for a great summer drinker. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0