Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by Talisker:
3.43/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz bomber purchased from City Beer Store in San Francisco. Poured into a Pilsener glass.
Deep color, but very clear and effervescent. Head is full, but doesn't stay past its welcome - but the bubbles flow up constantly. Quite nice.
The aroma is a good indicator of what's to come - a bunch of nice beer-y flavors that don't necessarily fit quite together.
Drunk blind, I'm not sure I would even call this a lager. Or at least, it goes back and forth between a metallic lager tang and the fruitiness I associate with an ale. Some of the latter may come from the hops, which are certainly dialed up a bit. It's not sticky in texture, but nor is it super crisp on the palate. In fact it sticks around on the tongue just a little too long for my preference.
I want to like all the Shmaltz beers more than I do. Clearly made with creativity and care. And Sword Swallower is probably my favorite of the three Coney Island specialty releases. It's not bad - just not great. I'm not going to spend money on another Sword Swallower.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2008 20:19:52 | More by Talisker
More User Reviews:
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.