Friday, June 28, 2013

Beer of the Week (Vol. CLXXIX)

Another edition of Beer of the Week sponsored as always by the earthy folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can help you harvest a bumper crop of wine, whiskey, and beer.

The featured beer this week comes from Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer:

With roots in two of today's most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer.

Six-pack of 12oz bottles sells for $8.99. The label has a retro look with an antique tractor (Farmall?) hauling a might load of hops in front of a sunburst background.

STYLE: Wheat Ale


COLOR (0-2): Golden and somewhat clouded. 2

AROMA (0-2): Lemony-citrus with yeast and a touch of clove. 2

HEAD (0-2): Bright white color. Not much volume and doesn’t leave much of a trace. 1

TASTE (0-5): Largely follows the smell with subdued flavors of lemon, wheat, and hints of sweet and spice. The flavors aren’t particularly hoppy nor particularly wheaty, but they blend nicely for a pleasant if understated taste experience. Light to medium body with a thin, watery mouthfeel. Very drinkable. 3

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Slightly bitter and lasting. 2

OVERALL (0-6): 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat is a hybrid beer where neither the hoppy or wheat flavors predominate. Instead they come together to create a unique taste that’s well suited to summer drinking. 4

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 14