Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
4/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz. into Duvel tulip on 12/7/2008
Full-finger eggshell-colored, doughy head topping a pineapple-honey body with a bit of haze and fair carbonation. Lacing is sparse to moderate. Not a bad package at all.
Wow - the grain really stands out - raw, stewed pale malt and maybe some caramel in there. Hop presence is slightly Germanic...a little piney silage. Well-balanced across the board - a little fruity ester, too. Softens with a little warmth.
This is straightforward and even-handed. Saaz-ish pine and silage hops provide poignant bitterness up against soft tones of boiled malt. A little husky on the back end...light but there's a little complexity after a while.
I like the palate feel of this quite a bit...the upfront hop bite gets a crash mat from the heavy malt presence. Finish is a little tight but still enjoyable.
Solid lager - crisp and clean (no caffeine) and a good, moderately innovative effort for sessionability.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2008 18:20:17 | More by IBUnit63
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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 373 ratings.