The more current reviews are closer than this summer seasonal evaluation might lead you to believe. I pretty much shut down the beer review efforts for the entire time of the fall seasonals this year. That does not mean that I did not have my fair share of pumpkin beers and Oktoberfest brews, it just means I did not bother with the formal note taking process. It was quite nice to just enjoy beers for a while without doing that, but it also does not help me learn as much. So soon will be more recent ones with some winter seasonals and a new approach to my personal reviews. Until that time I choose to still think that it is summer in my mind.
For the first review of this week . . .
Brewery: Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Co. (Freeport, ME)
Name: Vacationland Summer Ale
Style: (American) Blonde Ale
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pint glass. Gift from Cousin Adam.
Aroma: Nice sweetness with a fruity character that seems to have a tart quality to it.
Appearance: Golden straw color. One finger plus off-white color head with pretty good retention and leaving some laced trail. Very clear with some rising bubbles visible.
Flavor: Nice even maltiness with some bitterness shortly after and with some fruit flavor floating underneath. Also an underlying earthy character and some light dryness at the finish that lingers nicely.
Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth and lightly creamy on the palate.
Overall Impressions: Really interesting underlying fruity and earthy flavors that combine very nicely within the overall. Seems to have a little of quite a wide range of flavors and is very easy drinking. Would definitely like to try again when in Maine again (closer to the source).