Coney Island Sword Swallower - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.61/5 rDev +1.4%
Dusty yellow approaching orange beer that has a mild fog to it. The cap is strong,firm and the color of playsand. A solid but not out of this world start.
The nose is plain Jane but not in a bad way. Clean malts and a sharp handful of hops give this beer a simple but delicious ale bouquet.
The taste is vy much like the nose with the malts being crisp, clean and the flavor of lightly toasted white bread. The hops are present but don't over power the malts which is slightly disappointing given the claim of "IPA style" on the bottle. I was expecting a little more punch from these guys. Even if this is a lager beer there are others out there that have a more pronounced hop profile.
Mouthfeel is again very clean and crisp from the lagering. The hops do have a slight pinch of astringency by my molars and there is a lovely dryness to this beverage. I like the simple and direct flavors but wish this beer had more of a hop punch. Still a fine brew and worth drinking if you come across it.
03-29-2013 21:50:01 | More by jbphoto88
3.15/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
03-13-2013 02:05:21 | More by TaySuth
3.46/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured out in a snifter, I know not the recommended glass but I felt like rebelling tonight, this beer has a nice semi-hazy and golden body, moderate carbonation and is topped off with a nice thick and creamy head with some mild lacing. The aroma is a bit light, but the hops a present and smelling inviting. Mild apple and orange come through along with a mixture of citrus fruits. At first taste it crisp, slightly creamy and the hops are the first flavor you taste. Grapefruit and orange zest come in next and then the malts kick in. This one feels more like a lager at first but then quickly changes into a nice mild IPA. The aftertaste is all IPA, the hops are strong and the alcohol is barley tasted, but none of the flavors overpowering. Overall this is a pretty good beer and I look forward to trying their others.
02-11-2013 01:22:57 | More by vickersspitfire
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, slight floral, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, pine, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of grass. Overall, good appearance, complexity, and blend.
01-16-2013 14:50:55 | More by Tone
3.74/5 rDev +5.1%
IPA style-lager into a pint glass. Colour is a honey straw gold, good retention of the soapy white head, leaves good lacing.
Smell is mostly soft malts with a subtle hop bitter prickle. Some fruity apricot notes. mostly balanced, interesting.
Taste has a bready malt feel with a definite hoppy dry bitterness which is a bit citrusy and leafy. Some dryness and fruity apple notes, mostly malty with some oily hops toward the end, seems a bit tart. Finish is dry, slightly hoppy, with a lingering oiliness.
Mouthfeel has a moderate carbonation and body, crispness isn't well defined initially, but still refreshing, alc is not overbearing and it is a decent drinking beer that is surprisingly sessionable.
This works pretty well, the flavour could be a bit more interesting and less rough in terms of mouthfeel (particularly toward the end) but it is a really pleasant enjoyable beer, quite drinkable. In some ways it waffles back and forth between being an IPA or lager and this indecision shows at times. Could be better, but still not bad.
01-12-2013 01:11:11 | More by mick303
Coney Island Sword Swallower from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.