Kicking off the first Tuesday of 2016 with a new Tuesday Tastings, featuring a couple of beers in the “pale” family.
Of this beer, they wrote:
FRINGE AMERICAN PALE ALE is a dry, pale golden, 5.3%, hoppy pale ale using Ella hops. The dryness and soft body are driven home by an almost dank melon-like character. If you just read the last sentence and thought “my goodness that doesn’t sound like a Pretty Things beer”, then this one truly is our “fringe” beer. Fringe is the sort of beer you crack a bit cool on a hot day in the yard. Don’t save it for a rainy day though – drink it now.
Appearance: Hazy pale golden color, darker than “straw,” more light copper. Ample egg-white head.
Smell: Earthy, peppery, moist “garden” aromas. Pepper greens are predominant, but it’s not too pungent.
Taste: Lovely peppery note on the tongue, extending from the aromas on the nose, which really works well here. It is a bit muddled, the earthy notes seem a bit “dirty,” but not offensively so. This muddled character makes me think homebrew.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a thickly earthy feel (haze?) leading to a dry-ish finish.
Overall: Rustic, charming, reminding me of a homebrew in a positive way.
Noble Ale Works Big Whig IPA
This IPA is 6.8% abv with 77 IBUs, and they say:
Hop-forward throughout, this West Coast style ale hits the palate with layers of tangerine, honey, and rosemary that harmoniously unite into a big, resinous, lingering finish.
Appearance: Honey amber color, a bit hazy, off-white head is creamy and lacy.
Smell: Resiny, twiggy hops; tending towards woody. Medicinal-type bitterness; herbal.
Taste: Medicinal bitterness extends to the flavor as well here, which I find a bit off-putting. Improves as it warms, the woody and medicinal character retreats in favor of hop-forward bitterness, which is not bad if oily bitterness is what you’re looking for.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, finishes bitter and dry.
Overall: Eh, I’m flat on this one.