Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. "But, Beer Drinker, you reviewed that a few weeks ago." Well thank you for being such a loyal reader, but that was actually a guest post by local Florida pal Jarret. Today is my turn!
My Antonia is a continually-hopped imperial pilsner, and the label even goes so far as to call this "a lagerific departure for [their] ale-centric brewery". They go on to say that this creation is "a marriage of old world tradition and new world innovation". In fact, the label depicts an old building with the silhouettes of modern skyscrapers in the background. Overall, the wine-sized bottle has an excellent presentation!
Holy Wowwy! I should have probably poured that a little more slowly. Gigantic floofy white foamy head! Grainy aroma, like a typical pilsner, but very hoppy too! Yeah, this is gonna be different. The flavors start out with an intense hoppiness and noticeable 7.5% alcohol warmth. Some lemon and citrus are also prevalent for the entire experience, providing a lightly bitter profile that does not fade. A sharp, yet not unwelcome, black pepper spiciness is also a factor and works well. A subtle sweetness prevents this hops-driven beer from going too far toward bitter. Crisp and refreshing and smooth. Spicy bitterness is left behind on your palate. This was a nice beer! Check it out if you can.
My Antonia / O Pioneers! (Value Pack) ~ Willa Cather -- Kindle Store
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Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery ~ Sam Calagione -- Kindle Store
That's the reason why I should have poured a little more carefully. And you know what? I overflowed the glass later, so I really didn't learn that initial lesson!