Thursday, December 10, 2009

Clipper City Gold Ale

Laura and I went out for ribs yesterday, which is as close to a mandate for beer as any meal can be. I was pleased to find that Clipper City Gold was on tap to compliment our repast.

  • Alcohol: 4.9%
  • Serving: 23-ounce draft
Scoring (in solidarity with Charlie the Beer Guy):
  • Appearance: 7 - A deep gold body, with a thick white head that fades to a clingy lace.
  • Nose: 2 - Malty and barely present.
  • Taste: 6 - Bready malt predominates up front, with grassy hop flavor asserting itself in the middle and end.
  • Mouthfeel: 8 - Lighter in body with moderate and balanced carbonation. No aftertaste.
  • Holistic: 8 - Incredibly drinkable, and very well-balanced. This struck me as great for sessioning, be it alone or with a meal.
Overall: 31 - The blonde ale is a tamer style than what I usually seek out to drink, but this impressed me quite a bit with it's balance of unexaggerated flavors and mouthfeel. This is an excellent choice not only as a session beer, but also as a great brew to introduce those used to the American light lager style to the broader realm of beer reality.

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