Thursday, June 23, 2011

Calabaza Blanca

Today I'm drinking Calabaza Blanca, an artisan white ale brewed with spices by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Dexter, Michigan. The label depicts a young girl in a dress watching a brightly moonlit sailboat in the crashing waves. The label says this beer is barrel aged and bottle conditioned. A sticker on the back says Batch 777 Bottled 4-20-2011. Finally, there is a story on the side that perfectly sets your expectations for the beer. Too bad I didn't read it until after I was already done with the wine bottle!

Big billowing fluffy head. Wheat and lemon aroma with some spice as well. Quite a tart lemony citrus flavor start, big yet not obnoxious. A large dose of wheat comes in to douse away all of that sour, literally burying it in flavor and texture. A little hint of sourness does reappear right at the end inviting you to take another sip. Now, when I say carbonation, you say... carbonation. This guy's got big bubbly goin' on.

Orange and coriander flavors are persistent throughout and ride the carbonation all around your mouth. A super dry finish leaves your palate almost completely clean. Time to repeat. Refreshing despite the big texture. An easy drinker. Wine bottle gone. Check it out!

SaltShaker Spanish-English-Spanish Food & Wine Dictionary - Second Edition

Simply Organic Coriander Seed Ground Certified Organic, 2.29-Ounces Containers (Pack of 3)


Paige said...

This is one of my favorite beers, and one I always recommend to friends who love wine as a gateway beer. And now I want one... I blame you! :)

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Shouldn't be too hard to find for you guys. Shelton Brothers do a good job with distribution, even to Florida. Maybe tomorrow?