Sunday, March 27, 2011

Island Brewing Company Blonde Kölsh style Ale

by Alan

Before our horrible Sant Barbara weather hit - two days of light rain - I stopped by to pick up a few brews for the weekend. Given our nice warm weather at the time, I was feeling summery and went for something lighter and local. 

Island Brewing Company's Description:

A Kolsch-style ale brewed from five different types of malt, with a liberal dose of Czech Saaz hops. The result is one of our most popular ales and a nice balance of lingering malt flavors and a subtle hop finish. So light and smooth the first glass invites a second.

1st Place, 2004 CA State Fair
4.8% Alcohol by Volume

My tasting notes 
  • Appearance - Golden clear yellow with a nice foamy white head, fizzy
  • Smell - Crisp slightly spicy smell of the Saaz hops, slightly sour and somewhat earthy
  • Taste - Crisp, lightly hopped with some citrus/lemon character and a sweet malty flavor
  • Mouthfeel - Nice and light, with a somewhat dry finish
  • Drinkability - Easy-drinker, great for a summer day at the beach, or head to the Carpinteria for a few pints. Would be a great session beer
I think I need to head down to Carpinteria to try some pints on tap. This was an easy-drinker, and I cant wait to try some more Island Brews.

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