FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer arrives from the tap with a nice tan colored, one-finger thick head; this leaves some nice layered lacing patterns on the side of my shaker glass. The beer is a brown color that shows a clear light brown hue in the light. The nose smells of lychee, pithy citrus zest, and is backed by toasted nutty brown malt. The hop and malt aromatics are quite well balanced here in the nose.
The flavor tastes of bitter, herbal, and pine like hops up front. It has a backbone of light roast malt notes, nutty whole grain, and rounded brown bread notes. This has a nice wholesome malt character to it, chewy and satiating in some ways, but the body is still light enough that it is quite drinkable. Specific hop flavors of woody pine, herbal citrus oil, grapefruit zest, and hints of tobacco are all noticeable as well. This is much better than I was expecting. I like the mix of hop and chewy malt here.