He'Brew David’s Slingshot Hoppy American Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.09/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.
Appearance - Body is a peachy golden orange with a whipped two-finger foam of bleached white microbubbles. Retention is sustained for quite awhile, with the layer of foam never going completely away. Lacing is on the light side of moderate but sticky.
Smell - Hops are definitely present, lending a citrus characteristic to the beer, but it still has the slight bitterness you would expect from a pale lager, as well as a good appearance by the grain bill.
Taste - I was a little worried with the hop-forward nature of the smell that this would be one of those LINOs (lagers in name only), with a huge hop presence that made it drink more like an IPA. However, that was not the case. The taste definitely had strong elements of citrus and juiciness, but it didn't overpower the subtle malted grain element that you expect that makes a lager so crisp and clean tasting.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very clean finish that doesn't overpower the palate in spite of having a pretty flavorful aroma and taste profile.
Overall, this is the type of lager you give to your IPA-obsessed friend who doesn't get the virtues of the lager. It has the refreshing, drinkable characteristics of a lager, but the intoxicatingly aromatic nature of an IPA. I would definitely jump at the chance to drink this one again.
Serving type: on-tap
07-31-2013 01:49:55 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Cloudy dark gold color. Modest head but it leaves a blanket of lace.
Earthy with a bit of plastic to the nose.
A bit of band-aid to the taste. I detect some Belgian style sourness. But the finish is mostly bitter with a sour cream kicker. Decent body with elevated carbonation.
Serving type: on-tap
07-01-2014 22:14:00 | More by smcolw
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle, part of the current He'Brew mixed pack.
This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse windy-day cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly abates.
It smells of semi-sweet, rather pastry-like pale and caramel malts, biscuity honey, a bit of neutered lemon and orange citrus, and subdued grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more assertive in its grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, the malt still quite sweet and bakery-fresh in its doughy caramel goodness, with a touch of stoney minerality, and sort of edgy grassy, herbal, and leafy hops.
The carbonation is fairly low-key, just a wan frothiness lolling about, the body an adequately solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, a few meddling hop esters shot on sight, with a certain sense of creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, that sweet, and not as complicated as the label's ingredient list might indicate maltiness showing its persistence, amongst a mildly yeasty and muddled bitter hop counterpoint.
As I now see echoed elsewhere here, this does seem much more like a scaled-down (on the hop side) IPA, than a crisp, hoppy lager - there are examples of such out there for comparison's sake. Anyway, agreeable enough, for the one serving, as the lack of really balancing hops would probably get the best of me, and send me clamoring into the embrace of my next, maybe not so vetted conquest.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 03:41:28 | More by biboergosum
3.31/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured by Piedmont Ale House in Burlington, NC into a standard pint glass.
A: Clear with yellow and gold tints, mostly transparent, some bubbling from carbonation. Very mediocre coloring that could easily be a light domestic, however bonus points for its thick 1-1.5" head and lacing around the glass.
S: Faint with slight hints of lemon, pepper, hops and yeast. Nothing spectacular - smells like a low IBU IPA instead of a rich and fulfilling lager.
T: Quite flavorful for what it is. I expected a fairly light beer that didn't have a lot of grunt but it was surprisingly flavorful. Crispy and sharp hops flavor covers a pale malty base with significant bittering, probably a 40-50 IBU beer (guessing). There are hints of pepper, citrus and pear. Somewhat light and easy to drink.
M: Standard, medium carbonation, not very silky or smooth - light and airy mouthfeel,
O: Not a bad brew. Wouldn't buy it again unless I really didn't have a better option, but it wasn't unenjoyable.
Serving type: on-tap
06-21-2014 23:35:25 | More by jsausley
He'Brew David’s Slingshot Hoppy American Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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