Beer 296/365 – Pretty Thing’s American Darling

Pretty Things American Darling

Style: American Pale Lager

ABV: 7.00%

Purchased at: Jared sent me this as an extra… I seem to be typing that a lot lately hah.

What makes this beer different: THIS is the beer you want to make your miller lite drinking friends try. It will make them a believer in craft beer.

Will I be drinking this again: Would love to if they distributed to PA. Pretty things is becoming one of my favorite New England area breweries.

Grade: A-

8/31/2010: I think by this point Jared may have sent me just about every beer that Pretty Things Beer & Ale project makes. Which is fine by me because they really brew some great stuff. Their St Bodolph’s Town is one of my favorite brown ales ever. So unique.

The nose is mostly pale malt, with some floral and grassy notes. The flavor is what all American “Lite beers” should taste like; Crisp, slightly grassy, just a little bit of floral hops, and a good bit of pale malt to provide a really nice balance. ABV is hidden very well for 7%. Very well carbonated and medium body. Very refreshing, and all non-craft beer drinkers should have to try this beer.

Picture of the day: I can see into the future.

Beer 82/365 – Pretty Things Jack D’or

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Purchased at: Received in a trade

What makes this beer different: Its funky as hell, in a good way

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

1/29/2010: Got this one in a trade with jlindros on BA… It was my first ever beer trade and now I am addicted. If you are reading this, you are really into trying new beer, and have not made a trade yet.. you need to. Much easier than I thought it would be.

So this is the second pretty things beer I have had, and I am noticing that they “think outside the bottle” when it comes to their flavors. The St Bodolph’s town I had from them was awesome, with a lot of different flavors going on. This one is more of the same. If I had to sum this beer up in one word it would be “funky.” A nice bit of citrus, a little bit of hops and pepper, and a good bit of tart/sour flavor. Very very complex. I’ll bet you could have 10 different beer people taste this, and each one would pick up a different batch of flavors. Also I see how people can say this has a “barnyard” type flavor… Not sure how to put into words what that tastes like but it totally makes sense. If you can get your hands on one of these give it a try, very different.

Funny Picture of the day: So this is how comic strip characters have babies.

Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 52 – Pretty Things Saint Botolphs Town

Style: English Brown Ale

Purchased at: Received via trade with Jared @ beeradvocate.com

What makes this beer different: Dark and complex as hell for an English Brown

Will I be drinking this again: If I can get my hands on it again

Grade: A-

12/30/2009: I just received this beer through a trade with Jared at Beer Advocate. I sent him some beer he cannot get here such as Great Lakes and Bells, and he sent in return a ton of stuff from the northeast that I cannot get here in the burgh. Not sure what made me pick this one to drink first but, I am glad I did.

As you can see the color of this beer is kind of a muddy brown. Smells like roasted almonds covered in brown sugar. The taste of this is VERY toasted and malty for a brown ale, but at the same time very complex. If I didn’t know ahead of time that this was a brown ale I would have assumed it was a porter. You can taste roasted malts, brown sugar, a little bit of some kind of sour fruit that I can’t put my finger on, and a tiny tinge of coffee in the aftertaste. Mild hops jump out also. Each sip brought out a little bit of a different flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy for a brown ale, and as I mentioned almost had more of a porter character to it. This whole bottle went down very easy, and might have to get Jared to send me another in the near future.

Published in: on December 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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