Summer Stinger - Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
This beer is gold-orange in the glass, clearly an unfiltered beer as not only attested to by the presence of so-called "floaties," but the fact that it's so thick that it's not remotely opaque, translucent, or the like; I can't even make out shapes trying to see through this beer. A small white head fades to foam that leaves little very thin lacing here and there.
The aroma offers citrus, lots of grains, a light spiciness, and some pale, dry malts.
Lemon peel is most evident under copious amounts of wheat and grains. Interestingly, honey isn't evident, but detectable as a flavor without sweetness, the way unsweetened baker's chocolate is. It's lightly soapy in the finish and lots of citrus rind pulls through.
This beer is nice and thick feeling with a crispness and a little smoothness. It somehow has a simultaneous thick and light feel to it.
This beer uses honey malts as well as pure honey from a local apiary and, while I applaud that it's not overdone as would be the tendency, this would be a better beer if it showed it's strength and depth a bit more. There's also organic lemon peel and what I assume are grains of paradise (accounting for the light spiciness), though they're listed as paradise seeds (?).
08-03-2011 21:07:03 | More by Brenden
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
On-tap at the brewpub's cafe. Late lunch after Imagination Station.
A: The ale is cloudy, opaque, with a golden straw-brown color. A white head comes along for the ride.
S: The nose is spicy, grains of paradise and lemon zest driving the nose. Honey, and its inherent thickness, is apparent as well. The lighter body is well suited to the abundance of spice aromas.
T: More spices, the summer stinger hits the right spot for me. Pale wheat, light and mildly tart, acts as a conduit for the lemonzest's citric bite and the tropical grains of paradise. Honey is evident, both in the thicker mouthfeel and in residual sweetness. The lemonzest and grains of paradise stand out the most and deliver the strongest flavors. Plenty of carbonation also helps things out.
M: A sweet and wild mouthfeel, plenty of spices to keep me interested. I wasn't expecting this beer to be as good as it was, but I'm glad to be proven wrong.
09-03-2011 00:38:21 | More by akorsak
Summer Stinger from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.