Friday, 29 April 2011

Tangerine Wheat Beer


I haven't reviewed a big-ass bottle of microbrew in a while, so now seems like a good time to crack this thing open:


It's Tangerine Wheat Beer, brewed by Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe in Eureka California, and no I didn't leave the beer sitting on the table for 45 minutes before taking the picture. That is a freshly poured beer you're looking at. The head is white and very thin and evaporates in nanoseconds leaving you with a glass of flat orange liquid that could very well be urine from a dehydrated horse.*

I have probably only eaten a tangerine twice in my life, so I can't tell you if it smells or tastes like tangerines or not. My nose is picking up dried apricots (not literally.. my nose isn't that talented) which may very well be similar to tangerine, seeing as they are both fruits. Actually, it has a sweet sort of smell, like a hard fruit candy of some kind. Wheat beers are not generally the most flavourful beverages in the world, although some can be quite tasty. This one has more of a feel than a taste. It is slightly tingly in the mouth with a bit of a metallic fruit flavour, leaving not much behind after disappearing down your throat, except for some reason my saliva glands are going crazy.

Overall, I think this one misses the mark. It might appeal to the sort of person who drinks Bud Light with Lime, though I can't see it being as refreshing on a hot summer day. At 5% alcohol it's not much stronger; and coming in a 650ml bottle, it could be shared with a friend. Or an enemy.

For other perspectives, go here.

*caution: even though it may look like pregnant mare urine, you should not have unprotected sex after drinking this beer.

8 comments:

Shaun M. Wheeler said...

Sounds like I might want to steer clear of this one...

Ever try Alley Cat Ale? I had it in Edmonton a few years ago. It tasted like someone had poured insecticide into a flat beer. I barely choked the second one down!

cherenkov said...

I wish I had a better memory so I could be sure to steer clear of that when I visit AB.

Shaun M. Wheeler said...

Steer clear of what?

cherenkov said...

Insecticide flavoured beer ... maybe I'm not giving it a fair shake, but I'm thinking I should probably avoid it.

Shaun M. Wheeler said...

I know, I was just messing with you.

While the beer wasn't what I'd call "good" by any stretch of the imagination, I'd still take it over Lucky, Boxer, or Brewhouse anyday.

cherenkov said...

I thought you might have been, but things have been stressing me out lately and my sense of humour is eroding. A week away from the office might do me good.

Shaun M. Wheeler said...

I can relate, this has been the "Fortnight from Hell" for us on many levels.

Perhaps I'll have a beer to relax.

formatii nunta said...

I can`t drink that beer, i don`t like any kind of beer that tastes like fruits. For me this is a beer for ladies.

 
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