otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Clear brilliant liquid gold under a rocky white head which slowly fades with large blotches of lace that cling to the sides of my glass.
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Spice up front followed by dried peaches and apricots. Honeyed golden grains. Banana crisps. Tropical sweetness in the middle.
A tad on the bubbly side for mouthfeel, but otherwise crisp, clean, and of medium-light weight. Orange, peach, and apricot skins on top of my tongue with the essence of the fruit followed by parching bitterness. Subtle spiciness in the back leads into honeyed cereal grains. Sesame seed flatbread. In the middle guava and papaya fruits finish with their skins. As it warms up a soft sweet bready mouthfeel infused with peaches and apricots balances the crisp mouthfeel experienced early on. Poppy seeds.
On draft, this was another fine sessionable beer from Matt Webster at Tequesta Brewing. I definitely enjoyed it more as the initial draft chill wore off, allowing the flavors and body to truly come together. Not every good craft beer has to be a sipper.
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Draft... Lightly hazed golden ale with a large, frothy, white head. Good retention. The faint nose consists mainly of pale malts and pale grains, but it’s difficult to pull even that out of my glass. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Nice bitterness, but there is a minerally aspect here as well. Snappy, lightly bitter, moderately dry finish. Leaves a rumor of butterscotch behind.