Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Piercing Pils

I saw a bottle of Dogfish Head beer that I didn't recognize a few days ago. Next thing I knew, I was checking out with Piercing Pils, "a Czech-style pilsner brewed with pear juice, pear tea and Saaz hops." This is a new seasonal for the brewery. Eggshell colored label. 6% alcohol. I eat a lot of pears so I have a lot of expectations.

Grassy and herbal aroma with crackers and a soft, fruity sweetness, not necessarily pears though. Grainy sweet flavors come first along with some lemony and grassy balance. Sharp carbonation on the palate--I guess that's the piercing part. Fruity middle and recognizable pear finish. Good flavors though I think it could have been a little more bitter.

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