Cherry Stinger - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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3.6/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Marvelously muddy ochre with more caramel than orange. The soft, smooth, spongy cap was beige in color with the slightest pink tint imaginable. Unfortunately, the foam wasn't very sticky and left little lace. It wasn't long before the beer looked freshly guillotined.
This might be a good time to mention that CS is a honey wheat ale infused with cherries. The nose was pleasant in a softly fruity kind of way. Bolder would have been better, but there was enough power and definition for me to have identified the correct fruit if blinded.
Cherry Stinger tasted like a cherry wheat ale should taste, with no real surprises in either direction. The cherry flavor (along with the wheat), gave the beer a tart tanginess that wasn't overdone and was nicely countered by a subtle sweetness from the honey.
Though there was good overall balance, and the beer was nicely drinkable as a result, a little more cherry flavor would have been great. Warming helped a little and there was even a bit of cherry linger on the back end in the second half of the pint.
The mouthfeel was light, with a suggestion of finishing viscosity due to either the honey or the fruit sugars. Or both. It was also softly cask-conditioned and incredibly easy to drink.
It's nearly impossible to impress craft beer lovers with a cherry honey wheat ale (just try to find a highly regarded one). Having said that, I can't imagine anyone not finding something to like in a pint or two of Cherry Stinger.
Serving type: cask
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines
02-11-2009 21:10:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
Cherry Stinger from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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