I know we’ve still got a week or so left of summer, but soon enough those leaves are gonna start changing colors, and eventually falling off the trees in my yard. Then I’ll rake them – more times than I can count – into the woods. I love fall, hate raking, and enjoy the beer drinking I do while raking.
Coincidentally (or not), the colors of my favorite fall beers often match the hues of the leaves – yellow, amber, red, and brown.
Enough about my seasonal preference – let’s hang onto summer juuuuuuust a little longer.
All that leaf talk leads me to the next nugget of knowledge I’ve learned while working at the package store: Standard Reference Method, or SRM. In a nutshell, it’s a scale (2-80) measuring the color intensity of beer. There’s science involved but I spare you the details. Here’s a chart I found on the on Abita’s website to help you visualize what the hell I’m talking about here, ya know, in case you need to up your beer geekdom.
OK, now that the learning portion of today’s article is out of the way, let do some beer reviews! And since it’s still technically summer, I’ll get to those fall beers next time.
Victory Brewing Company Prima Pils
- Brewery Location: Downingtown, PA
- Style: Pilsner
- ABV: 5.3%
- Buffoon’s Review: I wanted something simple, something refreshing, something not IPA-related. Pouring this pilsner, I got a floral and almost lemony smell as I poured it from the bottle. It poured a cloudy, golden hue, my guess 6 SRM – HAHAHAHA!. There’s a slight hoppiness while drinking that lasts, albeit more subtly, into the aftertaste. It’s crisp and clean and was pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Victory rarely disappoints and this Pils is no different. This is most definitely a summer beer while kicking it on the deck, BBQ-ing some food.
- Brewery Location: Dorchester, MA by way of Sweden
- Style: American IPA
- ABV: 7%
- Buffoon’s Review: Little did I know that this is their first ever beer to go into cans, so right off the bat I feel like a part of Omnipollo history. It’s a mango s’mores IPA brewed with mango, vanilla, marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, rock salt, and lactose sugar. From the outside, that combo seems better on their own than together. WRONG! I smelled mango when I cracked it open and got some sweetness (from the mango and lactose sugar I’m guessing?) when I tasted it, but definitely nothing off-putting. The mango and slight sweetness are what I got most, more so than the other ingredients. It’s an odd description and an awesome can, which is why it piqued my interest enough to try it, as should you if you’re lucky enough to find it on a shelf near you.
Victory Sour Monkey
- Brewery Location: Downingtown, PA
- Style: Sour
- ABV: 9.5%
- Buffoon’s Review: Picked it out of a lineup NOT knowing it was 9.5% until I opened it, at which point I was greeted with an almost sour candy smell – Warheads, maybe? It’s one of the sourest beers I’ve had but it’s super easy and enjoyable to drink. I certainly didn’t get the 9.5% ABV – until afterwards. It’s a sour, single-malt (pilsner) take on their Golden Monkey Belgian Tripel which is double-malt (pilsner & dextrose) uses the same hops and has the same ABV. Overall it was an easy-drinking sour unless you prefer your sours a little milder.
Gotta head to the kitchen to make sure this minestrone soup is coming along as it should. I planned this week’s menu without looking at the temps (80s today and tomorrow) so it’s not ideal but it’ll do.
Peace, Love, and Beers!
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