Saturday, May 11, 2013

Orange Avenue Wit

I saw Coronado Brewing's Orange Avenue Wit and thought it might be cool to check it out. So here we are. The label depicts a mermaid holding a huge mug of beer while her hair and the beer's head blow briskly in the wind. The story on the back explains that this beer is named for Coronado's main street, where the brewery is located. Orange Avenue was once lined with orange trees, so they brewed this beer with orange zest, coriander and orange blossom honey. "Its Belgium by way of Coronado." I probably would have proof-read that part before I sent it to the printer, but that's just me I guess.

Huge wheat aroma with tangerines in the background. Grainy and spicy too. Wheat is also a dominant flavor from start to finish and provides a thick texture on the palate. Toasted grains, some spices and just a touch of orange. A little/lot more orange would have been a welcome balance to the wheat.

On the sweet side of balanced, but not overdone. Carbonation is good, body medium. The chewy texture knocks down the refreshment quite a bit. The flavors are OK though overall. I'd probably keep looking before grabbing this again.

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