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Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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American Pale Wheat Ale
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This is currently MBBC's brand-new release. While listed as "rotating," it's also officially recognized as a summer ale, and I assume that it will simply be brewed in early-mid summer and be available until Fall. Beginning with a mix of wheat malts, caramel malts, and Belgian pale malts, a puree of 48 watermelons is added late in the boil. Crushed coriander seeds are added and the hops variety is the New Zealand native Bravo. It seems impressive for an often unimpressive or middle-of-the-road style. Let's see.
The color is an opaque medium orange, too thick and cloudy to quite see through but bright nonetheless. The creamy off-white head shows some heft, sticking around at one finger tall and leaving creamy lacing pretty thickly.
I'm glad the brewery used fresh puree, because it shows in the aroma; this has an impressive fresh watermelon smell. It's tough to know how watermelon will interject itself in a beer; one can't hope for much more than I'm smelling here. The coriander is very light and just adds a touch of spiciness to complement. Hops add a touch of bitterness without taking anything away. Everything in the aroma is subtle and complementary under the fresh watermelon. We're off to a great start.
This is what I hope for in a style some brewers just throw together and toss out there; true, they can be refreshing, but they often lack depth. This beer has several layers and lots of nuance. While not explicitly hoppy, one would be hard-pressed to find an American wheat beer with much of a hops presence. This one's got it, adding a very nice balance while allowing it to remain refreshing and light but very flavorful. Again, coriander is subtle and just adds a touch of spiciness. The wheat malts are enough to make for a sturdy backbone to support it all, and there's a nice breadiness to it; the Belgian malts seem to complement nicely as well. Above it all, and alongside the hoppiness, is the fresh watermelon. This is a delicious, refreshing beer and a better take on the style than most I've had.
Crisp, light and refreshing, the body verges on medium but stays light, and a bit of smoothness just comes out. It's a summer beer for sure, and the feel works here.
Summer Stinger is good and the kolsch isn't bad, but if MBBC wanted to get rid of all but one of their beers for the summer, there would be no question this is the one to keep.
Serving type: on-tap
07-02-2012 20:18:36 |
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