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 207/365 – Kona Longboard Island Lager

Style: American Pale Lager

ABV: 4.6%

Purchased at: Parents brought it back for me from Florida.

What makes this beer different: Kind of bitter for a lager

Will I be drinking this again: Negative

Grade: B-

6/3/2010: Originally I had plans on drinking one beer from every state for my 365 mission, but its proving to be a bit harder than I had anticipated. I figured Hawaii would be one of the harder states to check off the list, so I was sure to have the parents grab me a random sampling of Kona beers when they were in the sunshine state; soon to be the oil coast state (sad stuff). I have no idea how these beers actually rate on BA so I am going into this one blind.

Longboard Lager smells a bit earthy and grainy. The taste ends up being much more intense than I expected it to be, but what is there isn’t jiving right. Its actually kind of spicy, some sharp hops for a lager, and some grainy flavors going on. Almost comes off more like a pilsner not a lager. The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated which saved a few points for this beer. It helped that I drank this on a 90 degree day with high humidity. The beer was relatively refreshing, just not the best flavors in the world.

Picture of the day: Well at least this guy is honest.

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