Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kendo:
4.1/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured into a pint glass from the 22 oz bomber. Body is bright, slightly murky, light-golden with a 1-finger ivory head. Nice lacing left behind.
S: First impression is grassy hops. Also plenty of malt underneath, however -- grainy, bready, maybe even biscuity malt scents.
T: Follows the nose, more or less. There's bready malt with a touch of sweetness finished by a nice dry herbal or grassy bitter hoppiness, with a touch of spice to it. Reminds me in some ways of a pilsner, though it's a tad bit too much lingering sweetness for that style, I think.
M: On the lighter end of the scale, heft-wise. Good carbonation feel to it.
D: Very good. Went down pretty easily and paired nicely with Indian food with a little spice -- light in body so it wouldn't overwhelm the food, but with a decent, pils-like palate-cleansing dry bitterness at the finish to prep you for that next bite.
Notes: As far as style goes, I'd say this one resides somewhere between "Imperial Lager" and "American Pilsner" due to the ABV, grassy hops, bright golden color and pils-like malt. Worth checking out.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2008 14:04:23 | More by Kendo
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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.