Yep, this beer was good. Crisp, nice strong taste without being overwhelmingly ‘pale ale-ish,’ and refreshing. All that and I only finished half of it because it had been a long night and I had to drive home. But, I would buy it again, probably more than one bottle the next time. However, I have to disagree with Nick that “the bottle is one of the best” . . . it was so plain and nondescript that I nearly missed it in the sea of sweet labels. I don’t mind the “Lake Superior” wordmark – looks a bit 80s vintage (again, we’re old if 80s can be vintage) like something my dad would have been drinking when I was a tot – I just have an issue with the use of Monotype Corsiva for the “Special Ale.” I mean, it’s special, right? So let’s not use a Mac standard font.
Sweet water. And that’s exactly what I tasted when I tried this beer. G to the ross.
But I won’t let it tarnish my perfect record. The Dyers and I took a special trip to the Happy Gnome to taste the elusive Surly 2, only to find out that it was all gone – which must be a testament to it’s amazingness, right? Either way, I can almost guarantee I would have loved it, so I’m giving it 4 stars despite the failure to taste.
So, to my surprise, Alt was the name of the beer we were tasting, not the fancy schmany brand that Rett made to symbolize our Alt[ernative] meet-up this week. Also, to my surprise, this beer was INCREDible. It was like Newcastle (my all time favorite) on flavor steroids. Unfortunately for me, I was low on sleep, heavy on homework, and responsible for driving Nick back home, so I limited myself to just one (amazing) glass. I loved every last sip of it . . . dare I say, this is my first 5 star beer?!
Does that not work? Summit Winter Ale? In any case, this beer is a basic standby for me, never disappointing, but never too exciting either. I like it for what it is, and don’t hold against it what it’s not.
This week I find myself at a loss for clever words and a witty evaluation of Surly’s Furious. In fact, all I need are two succinct words to assert my feelings: loved it. However, as a designer, I must shout out to Surly – dude, what’s up with the can?!
I’ll be honest. I really wanted to like this beer – and I had high hopes. The label was non-offensive, the size was just up my alley (and I didn’t have to buy a 6-pack!) and the color was perfect. I decided to enjoy this brew with my Friday night pizza, just like the local brewers suggested. Thankfully, I imbibed before gorging, because the beer was actually good – before the Italian cuisine. However, once I added the pizza to my palette, the beer tasted like . . . old people. Thankfully, the 1 pint 6 oz size allowed for this error; after finishing the pizza and cleansing my palette, I tried again. This time, I was probably a bit under the influence, but I do believe the Earth came full circle and was enjoyable once again.
This beer falls somewhere between Miller Light, Amber Bock, and Honey Weiss . . . if that’s at all possible. However, for as smooth as it goes down, it’s disappointing and boring overall. The can scared me . . . I can venture a guess that a 25 year old woman was not their target audience . . . perhaps it was more along the lines of HopScotch’s demographic. Either way, if I wanted a beer to go down like water, I would keep it real with Miller Lite – Milwaukee pride, baby!
This beer (although only half-way gone at the time being) baffles me. It starts out tasting like a dark winter ale, but ends with a light finish that leaves me forgetting the initial flavor. So far, I’m diggin’ it . . . I get to enjoy the taste of a darker beer but without the heavy feeling of guilt at the end of each swallow. Raisins? Definitely. But only when I smell it. Dark fruit and rum? Not sure. Guess I have a lot to learn about developing my beer palette.