Here's another beer that will be available at Can Jam in the District on Saturday.
I've never heard of this brewery before but that's what makes this journey so awesome!
Smell-Hops right off but immediately balanced by sweet malt aroma.
Taste-I wish my pallette was more mature so I could tell you the different hop taste I get...but alas, I'm still a noob. It's not piney hop though if that helps. The malts also balance out the taste as well.
Mouth-Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and refreshing in my mouth. A tad dry. Very pleasant hoppy, sweet aftertaste.
Overall-A good Pale Ale. The balance is just a bit off for me. I would have liked the hops to linger just a hair longer before the malt kicks in.
About Whale's Tail:
Wonderfully balanced with Maris Otter malt, hints of crystal malt and generously hopped with East Kent Goldings, it has a rich honey color and fruity hop aroma. It is named in honor of Nantucket's whaling history.
Disclaimer: I know nothing about the game of rugby.
What I DO know is that this hit rattled the fillings in my mouth so I can't imagine what it actually felt like.
Here's a picture.
Now, here's the video. Pay close attention to the sound from the hit.
I love how the dude got up right after the hit and didn't seem to be overly phased by having his head (almost) knocked off.
That's rugby tough.
Also, his team got the try.
The name of the band is Unlocking The Truth and they are metalheads.
Here's their version of the Star Spangled Banner.
And here they are doing Master of Puppets.
Did I mention that they are in sixth grade?
Here is their story.
They are pretty good, right?
One thing I've learned on this beer journey, I LOVE a good radler. It's the perfect beer for the summer because of the low ABV (in this case 2.5%...yeah, you read that right). This one is very hard to find in our area. However, you can try some at the On Tap Can Jam Beer Festival this Saturday.
Smell-I'm getting a lot of lemon along with my grapefruit.
Taste-Sweet, sweet, sweet. Grapefruit is there...along with lemonade and carbonation.
Mouth-Light bodied and did I mention it's sweet? Finish is distinctly grapefruit soda.
Overall-Did I also mention I love radlers? This is a tasty beverage that you can probably drink forever. Just know going in, this isn't your typical beer drinking experience. It tastes like juice or soda...not beer. Definitely try it.
On Tap Can Jam Beer and Music Festival
THIS SATURDAY at Kastles Stadium in DC
40+ beers, food trucks and live music.
Save $10 off your ticket. Enter discount code DC101 at checkout. Get the brewery list and tickets at ontaponline.com/canjamdc.
In the spirit of our Nine Inch Nails/Outside Lands giveaway this week, I wanted to try a beer from San Francisco (that's where Outside Lands is held...keep up).
This pretty little can of stout will do nicely.
Look-deep, deep brown with a finger of head on my heavy pour.
Smell-Toffee pops for me. Along with toasted malt.
Taste-Woah. This is strong. I'll get more into that in the "Mouth" portion. As far as tastes, it's actually a little watery. A bit of a coffee flavor some raisin and toasted malt.
Mouth-Very dry. Bitter. Full bodied. Almost viscose in the mouth. STRONG.
Overall-With a grain of salt, I'll tell you that this isn't a favorite of mine. I say that as someone who likes a particular kind of stout. If you are a stout lover, definitely track it down and try it. For me, it has too many qualities that don't do it for me (dry, bitter, strong coffee flavor).
About Marooned on Hog Island:
Marooned on Hog Island is our 2012 Collaboration beer with the Hog Island Oyster Company. A rich and chewy stout brewed with Hog Island Sweetwater oyster shells for a silky, salty finish. Available now in limited edition four-pack cans and draft.