The Citrusiest Summer — Gulping Down Orange Brews

The summer swelter is in full effect, and it's doing strange things to my palate. I'm tired of lagers, and have to venture into stranger and stranger beers to keep my palate engaged. So, I'm kicking off an extended jag of tasting beers with fruits. Last week, we sipped some blood orange beers, so this week we'll try a few different beers that incorporate regular orange. This marriage of flavors might appear unusual at first, but the addition of orange to beer has a solid chemical rationale. Myrcene, an essential oil found in many hop varieties, has a distinct citrus aroma! Here's to orange beers, loyal reader!


Otter Creek Brewing Orange Dream

Format Sampled: 12 oz. can

ABV: 5.5%
Availability: Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar

Tasting Notes: Pours a pale, fuzzy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma has sweet corn meal, some spicy hops and a faint orange-blossom tinge. Initial taste is sweet, flat, and grainy – the same sequence of flavors I remember from my days of consuming copious quantities of mass-market “Cream Ale.” The orange reveals itself slowly and subtly, so faint, in fact, that it's hard to identify as orange at all. It's more of an impression or an emotion of sweetness. The finish is a saving grace, dry, fuzzy and tannic, with a definite orange-peel character. The overall effect is intriguing. This would be a wonderful beer to sneak to a  mass-market beer aficionado!


Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale

Format Sampled: 12 oz. can

ABV: 6.0%
Availability: Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar

Tasting Notes: Pours a rich, glowing gold with a thick, white head. The aroma has clove, banana, warm yeast and orange peel. The initial flavor is crisp, fruity and sweet. It's the lovely, sharp, simple sweetness of an orange, so light and brief and tasteful. Immediately after this sweet salute, the complex, spicy flavor of a solid white ale presents itself. The hazy clove flavor that's characteristic of this style melds incredibly well with the orange, yielding a bright, mulled taste experience. This would be amazing paired with Thai, or Jamaican foods. It can imagine this annihilating some serious spices, but the sweet flavors would hold their own.


Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde

Format Sampled: 16 oz. can

ABV: 4.75%
Availability: Purchased at Bow Street Beverage Public Market House

Tasting Notes: Pours a golden yellow with a moderate white head. The aroma has a tantalizing whiff of piney hops and preserved citrus peel. The initial flavor has is a gentle wash of citrus zest, juicy fruit, and prickly hops. The citrus fades first, leaving a durable hop bitterness, citric in it's own right, but with a slightly herbal character. A chewy, fun sweetness follows up the hops. It's the kind of slinky, slippery sweetness that brings an involuntary smile to my lips. It's characteristic of blonde beers, and is perfectly incorporated here.


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