As I drank more, I mentally prepared myself for the taste. This truly was a unique beer, as no Belgium or Hefe-Weisse I had was ever this bitter. You didn’t smell the hops, but you certainly were punched in the face with them as you drank. I finished the first glass, and I credit my curiosity for doing so. I really didn’t enjoy the taste, but the fruity, yeasty, spicy taste mixed with the bitterness of the hops was certainly intriguing. As mentioned before, after I poured the second part of the brew into the glass, it was just too much. The flavors were even more muddled and it tasted like drinking beer sludge. The mouth-feel was very thick and the sediment lingered on your tongue for a while; it would be a challenge to pair this with brew with anything edible. Strike three. What’s the final grade? I’d give it a C-. I was glad I tried it because I doubt I will ever taste something like this again, but it just was too overwhelming and unenjoyable. I give Peak credit for exploring, but they swung and missed with this brew.
Admittedly so, I am really not a fan of Belgium or weiss beers. They always seem way too yeasty and spicy for my tastes, but when I was at the local package store perusing the selection in front of me, this stood out. I was actually looking for Peak’s Espresso Amber Ale, but the friendly clerk said they didn’t have it and I should give this a shot. With my love affair for Maine brews, I decided to take a flyer on this guy.
I studied the brew before I poured: the packaging was nice with foil adorning the crown, but after I opened it I was appalled… TWIST OFF!!! I would relate twist off beers to Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree (’tis the season). Poor quality and they leave you for wanting more; do they sometimes work? I guess… but if you’re going through these lengths to create a beer that is, “So tasty it may be punishable,” I better have to use an opener on it. Strike one. When it settled in my fridge I noticed a hefty amount of sediment on the bottom of the beer. Not to worry, I do enjoy unfiltered beers, they have a rugged quality similar to that of Bear Grills. However, there was a lot of sediment, so much so that when I finished pouring the second part of the bottle into the pint glass, I wondered if I were drinking apple cider. Strike two.
As I started to pour the brew into my glass, I was happy. It was a dark, cloudy burnt orange color and had a snow white head that left behind a fantastic lace as I drank. The smell off of this was a typical white wheat weiss. Fruity, slightly yeasty, and a strong smell of banana. What I did not get was the bitterness of the hops, which surprised me, especially because this was dry hopped and the biggest advantage of dry hopping is the aroma you get from the head. It smelled very sweet with no citrus coming off. This really made me curious to see if I’d be drinking another dime-a-dozen wheat ale. Only one way to find out right? As I took my first swig, it was a sensation I never got from any beer before. At first it tasted sweet, but immediately after every single bitter sense of my tongue was hit. It was weird. Remember when you took your first ever shot of Captain Mo as a teenager? Remember the sensation right after – where your face shook and body cringed? Well that was the sensation I had after the first sip.