Indian SummerSeptember 1, 2011 Kiln, MS
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co.
Available: LA, MS, AL, FL, TN, GA
Indian Summer is a light profile American-style wheat ale spiced with Orange Peel and Coriander. The term “Indian Summer” refers to a period when frost is rare and there is a time of hot dry weather that occurs before the onset of winter. Indian Summer was first introduced as a seasonal offering during this special time of year.
Original gravity: n/a
This is an easy-drinking beer for a hot, humid summer day if there ever was one. Aromas of orange blossoms mingle with a honey-like sweetness but are never cloying. Bright flavors of orange peel burst onto the scene while the coriander comes into play just in time to prevent this beer from becoming sweet as the effervescence keeps the beer dancing on the tongue. For folks who say they drink macros because they want something low-alcohol and lower in calories, this 4.25 percent ABV, 110-calorie brew is for you. But it’s also interesting enough for the beer connoisseur to enjoy and would pair wonderfully with summertime meals.
- Lisa Morrison
I can just imagine a sweltering July day somewhere in the Deep South when the beer I would probably reach for is the one I’m looking at right now. Lazy Magnolia plays to its Mississippi audience very adeptly with this hazy golden brew. It’s a wheat-enriched ale and that means a dry, quenching character and a subtle cereal backdrop for the main flavorings, which, in this case, are orange peel and coriander. Juicy, peppery citrus notes run right across the palate and then continue into the bitter, zesty, cracker-like finish. A nicely restrained, fruity beer for those baking hot days.
- Jeff Evans
Lisa Morrison, aka The Beer Goddess, writes about beer whenever she can and also gets to talk about it on a weekly radio show in her hometown of Portland, OR.
Author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide and The Book of Beer Knowledge, Jeff Evans is an eight-time editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and one of Britain's best-known beer writers.
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