Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by EPseja:
3.95/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to BA yelterdow for turning me on to this one!
Served from a 22oz bomber at between fridge and cellar temperature in my trusty SABL glass.
A - Medium gold with orangey highlights. Bubbly, soapy off-white head. Retention is only "good", but lacing is nicely soapy and clingy.
S - Bright, clean citrusy hops, but without the overtly sweet notes that would belie an IPA. Light honey notes and summery florals. Simple and neat.
T - Gentle honeyed sweetness on the intake, with a beautifully round and flavorful middle where the hops begin to touch lightly on the bitter tastebuds. Finish is quite dry and pleasantly bitter, even if a bit heavyhanded.
M - Not watery, but still light on the way in. Lightly puffing with some action from the carbonation, but turning creamy without being gassy. Full-bodied swallow and pleasing aftertaste.
D - It's just so hard to believe that this beer resides in the same style category as so many other lesser attempts. Excellently drinkable, although a bit on the bitter side for the style. A great alternative to the usual IPA.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2010 01:46:41 | More by EPseja
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3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bomber into a pilsener glass. A golden yellow lager with creamy white head, somewhat milkshake-like, with a pleasantly assertive hop-forward aroma. Nose is floral, tropical, and somewhat spicy, with a subtle backdrop of bread-like malts. The tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, lychee) sweetness builds nicely and this is certainly a brew to enjoy on the aroma basis. On the palate, there is a delicate but flavorsome honeyed breakfast cereal and light molasses malt background propping up more tropical fruit and pine flavors, along with gooseberry, white grape, mustard salad green, melon, canned peach, and faint citrus rind. Finishes rather bitter and medicinal, with a little grain husk ... Dry! I am always a tad surprised by the combination of a fairly thin body, heavy carbonation, and assertive hop flavors that is unique to an "India Pale Lager". One keeps expecting to taste sweeter malts, more body, and more esters, and instead one gets naked, rather delicate hop flavor, some cereal grain, and a residual sweetness that you just can't quite grasp. This one showcases a solid array of different hop aromas and flavors, relatively unencumbered by the malts. I can dig it, not as a replacement for the usual but as a nice change of pace.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2014 03:05:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
Coney Island Sword Swallower from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.