44 / 100
Dry-hopped black session lager, purchased from St. Gambrinus in Brooklyn.
Pours a kind of dirty brown colour, with some hazing, a little like filtered coffee that's been sitting out all night. Head forms a coarse crest to begin with, but quickly settles out to nothing, leaving no lacing at all. Body is thin, although the darkness gives the suggestion of more. I'm underwhelmed.
Nose is oddly grassy. Loads of cut celery, and a seedy note like carrot seed. Slight organic note which smells like (and I'm sorry to say it) cat litter. There's a slight lemon character which gives a note like a car air freshener. But overall, as you can tell, I'm not impressed.
Taste is very thin. It has a faint cereal quality which provides the bulk of the body (what there is), but this is only leavened by a very quiet but strident lemon note, which seems like it's whispering at the top of its lungs. Otherwise, it's really quite bland. That's a shame.
Overall, this is a really disappointing beer, and speaks to a brewery that doesn't have the courage of its convictions. I've had some amazing dark lagers—both traditional, and those, like this that claim to be hop-forward with a strong dry-hopping regime. This feels a lot like a lager done without inspiration, and lacking the progression of the craft.
62 / 100
Finished off a very enjoyable tasting session at Tørst with this one.
Cloudy pale orange. Head is white, small bubbles with thin rim left behind. Bit dark, actually, for the style. But nice.
Smells very funky. Tart, vinegary, to the point of smokiness actually, which is a little bizarre. Hugely organic. Bit yeasty. Not bad.
Taste is tart, gets more tart and also funky and organic. Big apple cider note with cider vinegar edge. Gets a little bready and almost like a bread pudding with raisiny sweetness. Tart overall, a bit dry. Barnyardy. Mulchy at times too. Tastes nice, but has a few very odd moments through the palate.
Bit of body, gets a bit of a pull but not very puckering.
Decent Berliner weisse, very much in the organic school of beers.