White AleJuly 9, 2014
White Ale is the fourth year-round beer from Saint Archer, which opened in 2013.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1048
There is a certain celestial-themed beer that walks the Belgian white path and is well known through advertising. That’s a fine introduction to the masses on the style, but those looking to graduate to an ale with more flavor can find it with this one. Here, the vibrant tastes of orange, coriander, pepper and wheat dance together in harmony. With an inviting light golden color and full mouthfeel, this is one can to take outdoors all summer long.
- John Holl
Another new-to-me brewery from San Diego, and judging by this beer, another one with a promising future. Suitably sandy-gold in color, this light ale has a gently peppery, coriander-led aroma that is kept a few steps on the fruity side of dry. In the body, it offers a sweetish, orangy front, drier and more herbal, slightly tongue-tingling middle and a drier still, mildly bitter and quenching finish. In other words, it’s just about exactly where a Belgian-inspired wheat beer should be!
- Stephen Beaumont
John is the editor of All About Beer Magazine, the host of The Beer Briefing on iHeart Radio, and the author of three books, including The American Craft Beer Cookbook. Find him on Twitter @John_Holl.
Co-author of both The World Atlas of Beer and The Pocket Beer Guide (with Tim Webb), Stephen travels the world sampling beer, hosting dinners and tastings, and eating too much airport food.