Monday, August 22, 2011

Blue Heron Pale Ale

Today I'm drinking Blue Heron Pale Ale brewed by Mendocino Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, New York. The label says this is an award-winning brew and has a beautiful illustration of a bird on the front.

Huge sourdough aroma, with some grassy and lemony citrus behind it. A lot strange. Lemony flavor start swiftly turns to bread dough flavors, quite sour and rather unpleasant. Astringent hoppy lemon comes next with some spicy jabs at the palate. Medicinal and alcoholic dry finish leads to a not great aftertaste. The flavors were really all over the place and not that great anywhere. I didn't finish this bottle and would never buy this again. Not even average in a category full of awesome pale ales!

Classic Sourdoughs, Revised: A Home Baker's Handbook

Audubon's Birds of America: The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio

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