Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by TaySuth:
3.15/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
Serving Type: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Golden in color with a hint of amber. Nice white head that dissipates down to a few large bubbles with strong lacing.
Smell: Nothing amazing stands out but nice for a pale lager. Hints of hops and malt but nothing strong. Some sort of peppery spice aroma is also detected.
Taste: The hops lead with some citrus and a strong, but non-smooth bitterness. Solid pale malt backbone is nice. Lager yeast is interesting, but as they label this an IPA style lager, I gotta say that I prefer the ale yeast.
Mouthfeel: Too syrupy and over carbonated. Semi-sweet. Definitely some room for improvement.
Overall: An interesting beer and I appreciate the lager yeast variation but this beer just didn't do it for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2013 02:05:21 | More by TaySuth
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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.