Rhubarb Cherrylisicous - 5 Stones Craft Brewing Co.
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Reviews by darthvohn:
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
Glass Used: Tumbler
Appearance: A reddish orange hued, cloudy body. A finger thick head lingers around momentarily before melting away to a thin ring around the glass.
Smell: A soft tart cherry fruitiness is prevalent. The Rhubarb is there but it's definitely secondary to the cherry. Both scents are light.
Taste: Again, soft tart cherry is upfront with a slight under ripe strawberry-esque note (the Rhubarb?) following, finishing with standard wheat notes. Reminds me a watered down Cherry-Limade from Sonic.
Mouthfeel: Smooth & light, easy drinking.
Overall: I could easily drink this on a hot summer day after some yard work. The ABV is low and the tart, light fruit & veg flavors make it an easy thirst quencher. Having said that, I did wish the Cherry and Rhubarb flavors popped a lot more than it did. It's still work a try in my book.
02-02-2014 22:36:53 | More by darthvohn
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3.4/5 rDev -8.1%
1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded gold colour pry-off pressure cap and appealing label art acquired at a local Austin, TX beer store earlier today and served into a Biere de Saint Louis Alsace teku glass in my apartment in low altitude Austin. Reviewed live. Expectations are high based solely on the description - "American wheat ale handcrafted with rhubarb and sweet cherries." Reviewed as a wheat ale. 6% ABV according to the label. Cost was $10;.99 USD. Batch #2. 2013 vintage.
Served cold - straight from a quick stint in the freezer - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a half finger wide head which is white in colour but lacks sufficient creaminess and thickness. It recedes inside 20 seconds, which is quite disappointing. Undercarbonation is suspected. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
The body is a more respectable, boasting an intriguing hazy orange with slight amber hues. It's got a gorgeous glow when backlit, but isn't transparent. No floating yeast particles are visible; it's quite a clean appearance even though I suspect it's unfiltered.
Overall, it's certainly more fruity looking than most wheat ales, but that seems to be exactly what they're going for. I'm intrigued.
Sm: Lightly tart notes of cherry fruit are dominant, backed by a complementary vegetable note I assert to be rhubarb. I also pick a light hint of vinegar; there's definitely some acidity here, but not as much as you'd expect from a sour, for example. I like the fruity esters and the fruity hop notes. I'm not finding wheat, however - or any real malt character. It's an interesting if strangely simple aroma and I find it pretty pleasant.
There are no harsh off-notes - and not much in the way of yeasty character. I don't pick up on any alcohol, which is unsurprising at a mere 6% ABV. I did hope for a bit more tartness, but so far I'm looking forward to trying it. The aroma is mild in strength.
T: There's a brief presence of lightly tart cherry on the open, complemented nicely by some lighter still vegetable notes (again, I believe this is the rhubarb, but I've never had rhubarb). Disappointingly, though, these notes - the core of the beer's flavour - cut out in the early second act, leaving the drinker with a fairly boring generic wheat character for the rest of the structure. Sure, there are a few fruity esters and some generic floral hop notes buried in there, but there's very little going on once you get past the first act.
The painful simplicity really brings it down, but while it's not balanced structurally, I do think that the notes play well with one another. It's got nice cohesion and even some slight subtlety, but it's just not an intricate or nuanced brew. The flavour profile leaves a lot to be desired. Depth of flavour is shockingly shallow, and the duration of flavour is stunningly brief. Intensity of flavour is average.
No yeast character, alcohol, or true malt character comes through.
I think we can safely say this isn't quite "cherryliscious." But kudos to 5 Stones' marketing team.
Mf: Lightly acidic. Soft. Has dire undercarbonation; it's almost flat. It's aptly smooth and wet, but a big drawback is its severe thinness. This beer lacks body and weight on the palate, and has a weak presence as a result. They need to amp up the mouthfeel in order to properly support the taste. Overall, it's very mellow and approachable; I just want some strength. You could almost argue this is a bit watery.
Not oily, hot, boozy, gushed, astringent, or harsh.
Dr: I'll have no trouble drinking the entire bottle, but at $10.99 you've got to offer far more. There's some lovely stuff going on here; I just wish 5 Stones had ramped them up. I think it will be difficult for most reviewers to claim they don't like this; it's very inoffensive. But it doesn't deliver on its premise as fully as it needs to. In particular, far more tartness (or even sourness) would greatly benefit the flavour profile, and it needs more presence on the palate.
Ultimately, it's an inspired if timid brew and I see real potential in 5 Stones if this is what they're churning out so early in their existence. I'll be watching them carefully over the coming months.
Not worth explicitly going out of your way to acquire, but it'd make an interesting extra bottle in a trade. I plan on sending one out myself.
Drinks ideally from a teku.
01-27-2014 06:03:15 | More by kojevergas
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured out of a 750ml into Teku glass. Bottle #2 of the 2013 Batch.
Appearance: Pours a deep copper/gold. Half finger head that dissipates quickly. Seems to be light carbonation. Looks great in the glass.
Aroma: Peaches, green apple, strawberry. Very fruity with no hop presence. Very pleasant.
Taste: Slightly tart at the beginning, followed by grape juice, green apple and peach. Light body and decent mouthfeel. Low/medium low carbonation. Very refreshing.
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Extremely sessionable. My favorite of their's so far.
12-23-2013 23:37:58 | More by Moerdertaktiken
Rhubarb Cherrylisicous from 5 Stones Craft Brewing Co.
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