Cambridge Remain In LightOctober 5, 2016
A hint of wood mingles with the minerally bite of carbonation from afar. Up close: spicy wood, hints of resin, dried tarragon and some sweet notes in the background—like wayward strands of cotton candy. Graham cracker malt notes when warmer. Quite woodsy. Very light sulfur note. Overall: a lovely beer! Bitterness is in line with expectations for pils—pronounced but not overly assertive. Classic Europe an hops. Complex.Ray Daniels is the founder and director of the Cicerone Certification Program and the author, editor or publisher of more than two dozen books on beer and brewing. Follow him on Twitter @Cicerone_org.
Too often American brewers use the style of “hoppy pilsner” to mean an excuse to jam as much lupulin as possible into a humble workhorse of a style. Thankfully this interpretation is more pils than hops, with a soft field sweetness and earthy sweet honey breadiness front and center. Where the hops come through is near the finish with a mellow lingering resin bitterness, with aromas of sweet mandarin orange peel and a touch of spice. Drink right from the can, paired with lawn seats at an outdoor concert, or in the yard with the stereo turned up.John Holl is the editor of All About Beer Magazine.