Beer: Ginger Shandy
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing
Rating: ** (6.8 of 10)
Comments: A cloudy golden beer with a big foamy head. Like it says on the tin, the beer smells and tastes of sharp lemon with a hint of ginger, and is very tangy. Lazy lacing lines the glass and the foamy head disappears swiftly. It’s a tad bland and artificial tasting, but otherwise a good variation on a theme.
Beer: Narragansett Del’s Shandy
Brewer: Narragansett Brewing Co.
Source: 1 pint can
Rating: * (5.1 of 10)
Comments: Two of Rhode Island’s favorites, ‘Gansett Lager and Del’s frozen lemonade come together for a little bit of summer in a can. The beer is straw-colored with little carbonation. The aroma is a bit off-putting, kind of a mix of sour lemon and stale bread. The lemon flavor is strong on first sip, but the beer becomes a bit bland after and leaves a sticky mouthfeel. Overall it’s kind of bland and artificial, but it’s okay for a cheap summer drink.
Previously: Narragansett Beer
Beer: Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer
Brewer: Samuel Smith Brewery
Source: 500 ml bottle
Rating: No stars (4.7 of 10)
Comments: I’ve been impressed by Samuel Smith’s beers in the past, so I decided to give this unique beer a try. The rosy red color is a pleasant surprise, but the sickly-sweet smell is a big turnoff. Unfortunately, the taste is not much better, falling somewhere in-between a fruit smoothie and cough medicine. I will say that as the beer mellowed in the glass and I took a few more sips, I was able to overcome my initial revulsion, but overall this is not a beer I will try again.
Beer: Watermelon Ale
Brewer: Beer Works
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** ( 6.4 of 10)
Comments: This is clearly a good summer drink, if not clearly a great beer. The beer is a thin, straw color, inconsistent in tone and very sparkly. The aroma is defined by the watermelon scent which is also the clear flavor upon first sip. The flavor evaporates leaving a bland, watery mouthfeel. The head also disappears quickly. Mind you this is not necessarily a bad thing as many fruit beers can be overly sweet and sticky. This watermelon ale is clean and refreshing and good for a hot summer’s day. Serve with a slice of watermelon.
Beer: Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer
Brewer: 21st Amendment Brewery
Source: 12 fl. oz. can
Rating: * (5.5 of 10)
Comments: The beer is a golden and cloudy without much of a head (especially for a “wheat” beer). The scent and flavor of watermelon is strong but otherwise the beer tastes weak and watery. It’s a good summer beer in the sense that it’s crisp and refreshing for a hot day. The beer gets overly sweet toward the bottom of the glass and overall it’s not a well-rounded beer. The design of the can is excellent though with an artistic representation of the Statue of Liberty resting on the Golden Gate Bridge (I guess she’s tired from walking across the country).
Source: 750 ml. bottle
Rating: *** (7.2 of 10)
Comments: For my birthday, my friend Craig presented me with a bottle of Éphémère although he feared I wouldn’t like it. Fortunately, I’ve tried it three years ago during a babymoon on Mt. Desert Island and gave it a glowing review at the time. And it’s still good. The beer pours out with a very thick head, and has a cloudy fresh apple cider appearance with heavy carbonation. The aroma is of spicy apples and the taste a yummy granny smith tartness, sweet but light and refreshing. My wife says it would make a “good summertime beer” although it’s just fine on an autumn night as well.