The other half and I went to the aquarium in Long Beach while I was off from work. I stayed in Long Beach as a kid (on the Queen Mary), but I don’t think I’ve ever been to the aquarium. It was smaller than I imagined it was going to be and was definitely smaller than the one in Baltimore. We went on a Friday, so there weren’t as many kids around and watched the otter show, which was adorable (I think Val still wants an otter to bring home). Anyways, beer time.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This cloudy-orange beer is the taste of liquid summer sunshine. Refreshing kumquat immerses the palate with citrus and tropical fruit, while biting hops interplay with bready malt. A touch of acidity from the kumquat zest finishes things off with a smile and wink. Whenever you find yourself yearning for those hazy summer days and warm electric nights, here you will find solace.”
Random: We also saw the sea-lion show, which was cute as well. Val did not want to bring a sea-lion home, probably because it would take up too much room.
The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, light orange color with high carbonation visible. The nose had tart citrus with orange and tangerine. I didn’t pickup kumquat specifically, but citrus was dominant in this beer. The taste was really pithy and had some tartness from the citrus. It was almost like a sour. I picked up tangerine flesh and kumquat as well. The citrus was really fresh and there wasn’t detectable malt to balance it out. The body was heavy, given the ABV, with high carbonation. It had a long, pithy finish with orange. I wanted to love this beer, but the citrus was really intense and quite tart. I think if they toned it down just a bit, it would have been more successful, especially given that this was $4.99 ($.42 per ounce).
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0