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Panty Peeler - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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109 Reviews

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 256
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 60
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 09-21-2008

Free spirited Panty Peeler Tripel pours rambunctiously into your glass, releasing its engaging aroma. Curacao (bitter) orange peel and coriander create a beautiful yet bolder tripel by infusing color, citrus and spice. Belgian yeast adds playful character. Bottle conditioning assures a perfectly heady experience.

Brewed as a Belgian tripel but with American boldness, Panty Peeler is delicious yet spirited. Originally named Extreme Polar White Bier, it got nicknamed "Panty Peeler" along the way. Then we translated it to French for a while: Épluche-Culotte. Now we're back to calling it Panty Peeler and we've kicked up the coriander and orange peel to represent its original design.

15 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours attractive, though light golden yellow, with abundant white head. That head is musty funk initially, and then yeasty. Drinks very extreme corriander, orange in finish and aftertaste that is most satisfying. Above average mouthfeel. Midnight Sun has been doing a fine job with their Belgiums these days.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of orange peels are present in the nose and become a little stronger as the beer warms up along with some notes of malty sweetness.
T: The initial taste is somewhat sweet and has flavors of orange peels; hints of coriander spices are also present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For the most part, this beer manages to hide its alcohol rather well from the taste although you can definitely tell that it has some strength due to the sweetness from the malts. It's definitely a beer that you would want to sip at a relaxed pace. I found this to be a little more drinkable compared to some of the other beers in the style but felt it could have used a little more coriander to contrast with the sweetness.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that leaves some legs of lacing behind

Smell: Floral blast of orange peel and coriander, with the peppery yeast and candi sugar elements underneath

Taste: From the get-go, the orange peel and coriander make their presence felt, building to a peppery crescendo by mid-palate, though there are plenty of balancing sweet malt and tropical fruit flavors in the mix as well; after the swallow, the herbal/floral aspects of the beer shine through, with a complex finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with vivacious carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Much better than my memories of Epluche-culotte, this is among the best tripels out there, Belgian or American

Thanks, BrewsB4Shrews, for the opportunity

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet.

Pours a clear deep golden color with a single-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin collar. Plenty of bubbles visible in the glass. Given the look on this and Fallen Angel, I'm thinking there must be nucleation spots on the bottom of this glass. Still, very nice looking.

The nose carries a bit of earthy mustiness along with a touch of citrus and spice. Nothing too exciting. Really muted. The flavor has some mild phenols plus a touch of citrus and some backing grain. Nothing too interesting, unfortunately.

Body is light-medium with a hefty dose of carbonation and a dry finish. There's a touch of chewiness. Mild alcohol as well.

There wasn't anything particularly wrong with this one, I just couldn't find anything about it to really like.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow color with a large, very bubbly, white head. The head had a crackling presence of carbonation that receded to leave some soapy trails of lace.

S - Good Tripel-aroma. Yeasty and fruity with a caramel and grain backbone.

T - The taste matches the aroma. Good yeast and spice upon first sip with a fruity flavor - mostly apple. The is a nice malt backbone of caramel and some grains.

M -It was crisp, sharp and dry. A medium bodied ale that had a good bite of carbonation.

D - This is a very fine tripel. Midnight Sun continues to impress. I must find more!

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a deep oranged tinged golden with a large fluffy white head that held well leaving multiple rings of lace behind.Deep orange in the nose along with some pheolic spice,a noticeable and annoying salty brine- like note was there as well,wich was quite odd.Flavors are sharp and spicy up front,the coriander and some white pepper flavors really stand out,some citrus fruit,and phenols round out the palate.This is a hardcore tripel,not bad but a bit harsh for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to Frank for sending me down this gem. I had the original a long time ago so I was thrilled when I saw this one coming out with not only a new name but a new recipe as well. Put this one immediately into the fridge and decided to feast upon it last night. Served chilled to cellar temp and poured into a snifter. Consumed on 09/22/2008.

The pour on this one was very nice. Rich dark yellow in color with a good amount of haze and cloudiness built into it. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass, converging into a large, easily two inch high head of white foam that gracefully sat on top of the glass dropping tons of sticky side glass lace in its wake.

Huge citrus nose on this one. Very pungent with orange peel and lemon zest clearly represented on top on a nice Belgian ale. Some light notes of grass, peaches, and maybe some light grain all coming together quite nicely to provide a well balanced attack on the senses. The flavor was just as solid here. Rich notes of biting citrus just came ripping through your tongue, shredding the taste buds initially before relaxing into a mellow, but still highly floral Belgian ale. Some light notes from the alcohol and the yeast started to peak through as it warmed, hinting at some depth. Letting it come close to room temp is where you really start to find that depth. Some light grain like malts, hints of peaches and bananas and just an all out really nice profile. One of the brightest tasting Belgian ales I have had in a very long time. Medium bodied feel was never dull with a more then adequate carbonation profile that was just wonderful. A sure fired sipper, I enjoyed this one tremendously over the course of the evening.

Overall I cannot say enough good things about what they are doing over at Midnight sun. One of the best breweries out there right now for sure. Just wonderful stuff and this was one of the best Belgian inspired beers I have had in a good long time.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a white head. A nice sweetness to it from the malt and sugar. Plenty of citrus character and a bit of pineapple as well. A touch of yeast as well as a mild spiciness. The flavor is quite nice. Sweet fruit: both citrus and tropical fruits. Just a light spiciness and some yeast flavor to it as well. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright, orange-gold body with a tall, finely-textured, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candyish nose of malts peppered with punchy notes of dried coriander and floral, bitterish orange peel.

Taste: Sweet, delicately bready malts stippled with traces honey and treacle. The herbaceous, spicy coriander adds a nice pungent accent. As does the added orange peels which combine with the sweet sugars to give off a taste of chilled marmalade. Additional fruitiness tasting of ripe white peaches. No more than the faintest hop bitterness at the halfway mark. Final touches of citrus and spice in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some sugary stickiness to the luscious mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. Though a little on the sweet side, it was still quite enjoyable. A pleasant tripel from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and sexy strong golden ale.

Mid amber in the tulip glass, but not much head or lacing. Good enough carbonation and quite stacked, umm, full-bodied. Sweetness is the big initial taste. Lots of Belgian flavors with the back of the mouth prickle. Hard to pick out the swirl of fruity funky flavors-- cinnamon, persimmon pudding, spice cake. Yeasty like fresh brioche. French toast and apples. Salty aftertaste.

It's dessert. So sweet, yet highly sippable. Intense flavors and more than a mouthful. Just don't think of it as beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one fro joe1510, Cheers Joe! looks like this from August 02 or 07??

Pours apricot/honey with a pinky of beige head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Apples, pears, dirt

T: Apricots, green apples, a bit of dirt & a touch of lemony hops up front. Much dryness, a bit of dry cider vibe here, plus just a touch of estery yeast that grows stronger as this warms, I start getting some curacao & orange zest. Finishes dry, with estery apple, a touch of grapefruit & orange zest & a kiss of booze. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Somewhat sticky, there is fairly strong carbonation, medium bodied

Drinks fairly easy, if you can get past the estery character of this, this is a nice complex & earthy tripel

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Slight gusher upon opening, but not bad. Pours a lightly cloudy deep orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, pear, orange peel, apple, clove, coriander, pepper, bread, honey, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; quite a bit more peppery than I expected. Taste of pear, apple, orange peel, peach, coriander, clove, bread, honey, pepper, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, coriander, clove, bread, honey, pepper, herbal, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy flavors; with a great balance between sweetness/spiciness; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice tripel! Great balance of fruity/spicy flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head barely covering the top.

The citrusy orange peel and the coriander really come through in the aroma. There is also some lemon coming through in the citrusness and some Belgian yeast is present as well.

The taste is very citrusy with orange and lemon both present. The bready malt helps give it more of a sweet floral flavor in the finish. It has a little spicy/peppery bite to it but not a lot. It has a pretty nice complex refreshing taste to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, the orange citrusness it had gave it a nice refreshing taste. The flavors all came together well and made it a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/31/09- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with notched date strip on the side of the label..this one happened to be late October '08. Poured into my Don De Dieu tulip.

Appearance- Has a different color pour than I am used to for a tripel. Almost an amber colored pour. 3/4 inch semi rocky head and light lace patchwork and lines left behind.

Smell- Nice aroma of corriander, lots of spices and a bit of lemon.

Taste- Smells about the same as the aroma. Maybe a bit too much on the spices. Corriander is quite heavy, followed by a good dose of confectioniers sugar...lastly some light lemon rind and some peppery spice.

Mouthfeel- Tight and brisk carbonation feel. Fits the style perfectly. Ultra slight metallic note in the aftertaste, but that is nitpicking.

Drinkability- Good job at at an american made tripel. I bit too over the top on the spices, but still quite good and quite drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice golden orange amber body, but a bit cloudy and hazy. Head forms off white with some creamy retention, rises about three fingers and settles to a thin puck. Little rising carbonation that's hard to see.

Bit of a muted nose, and a wine like sense. Slightly citrus but with not much malt sweetness. Clean but sensing a little thickness perhaps coming, with a little bit of sweet bready taste perhaps.

Palate fills nicely but with a little bit of muted sense. Sweetness of malts and a little bit of Belgian sensing sugars come out a bit on the swallow with some bread. A little vinous sourness mixing in with a fruity character, but doesn't come out very distinctly. Good carbonation that doesn't detract, with maybe a bare hint of sour orange.

Overall it's a solid well made tripel, but it's unfortunately not that memorable for me to desire again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, $9.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY
"Month and week bottled" info notched onto the side of the label.

Pours clear, dull tangarine amber, medium tan head, moderate in size, especially for the style. Head quickly going to a thicker collar and the remaining in limited fashion in tiny bits on the side of the glass.

Nose exhibits more then a hint of bubble gum fruityness, oranges, and a late wiff of peppery yeast.

Tasty and complex tripel, with ample fruitness, yeasty phenolics and a just satisfactory malt base going on. More oranges, honey, vanilla, again some pepper and drying hops late intot he finish. Somewhat sweet and carbonation is a bit on the tame side. I enjoyed it, I'd like to enjoy it again, perhaps with some mussels, or with some pungent creamy cheese.

Respectable American take on the classic Belgian style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light orange with a frothy white head, leaving good lacing, solid retention.

S: Pear city, very estery with a hint of spice and coriander.

T: The straight apple and pear flavour dominates the overall flavour with secondary flavours of honey, peach and apricot. The overall sweetness tends to take over and make the beer awkward and choatic at times, but the flavour is nice.

M: Crisp, biting carbonation, clearly American here, a little cloying for sure. Medium to full-bodied.

O: This is a nice American made tripel, there certainly a lot worse out there, but this is not in the ballpark of the better Belgians. Love to see this with some age though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, almost opaque, orange-copper coloring with a frothy, low profile, off-white head that quickly settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of sweetbreads in the backbone, supporting orange sweetness and a coriander and clove spicing. Flavors are tangy sweet on the forward tongue, with an effervescence that almost turns to sharp in mouth. Berry and citrus sweetness intertwines with bready notes, a solid spice blend, and a subtle Belgian funk. Berry, citrus, and tropical fruit sweetness blend with coriander and clove in the aftertaste, with a slick, smooth, slightly crisp finish. Solid brew and easy to drink.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a finger and a half of head but left quite a bit of lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was big on the belgian yeast alongside orange peel, spice, slight pear esters, pepper, and lots of sweetness from the malts. The flavor was also big on the belgian yeast with citrus, pepper, spice, and pear accents which had lots of malt character but was kinda of grainy at the same time. The brew was medium in body with lots of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, yeasty, spice, and grainy finish. It drank pretty good but was just an average tripel. I was expecting this beer to be at least above average for the style but was let down. I guess you can f#ck with belgians when it comes to tripels.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Panty Peeler isn't exactly the sexiest looking beer. Although even the last pour produced very little sediment, the ale is freckled with tiny specs of something or other, enough of them so that transparency just ain't happening. It is bright, however, and its pumpkin orange tone does emit some glow. Still, the lack of head is concerning (especially as far as suggestive puns go, now I got nothing to work with).

The aroma is zestfully aromatic, as a Tripel should be. Infused with orange peel and coriander, you might assume this one would be doubly so, though proper Belgian yeast really needs no assistance in that area. Truly one of the most magical foodstuffs, certain strains of yeasts can be fruity, floral, spicy, and bready, and conjure to mind a near infinite number of flavours within each of those categories.

This particular yeast has a musky, very anise-like spiciness. With orange peel and coriander filling up the nose, that element was more or less lost in the shuffle until now. On the palate, however, a subtle black licorice note underlines any flavours of fruit compote or Moroccan stew. Nonetheless, tastes of apricot and marmalade remain prominent too, as does a splash of lemony acidity. Easily enough enjoyed, but not exactly tantalizing.

Despite all this yeast leaving the impression of fresh bread, the malts have much more of a communion wafer-like taste and texture. They are thinnish and quickly turn soft, lacking any meaningful sweetness (which is curious, given the beer weighs in at only 15 IBU). Still, the alcohol is considerably masked; it contains little more than a candle-level of warming and holds up well even after losing its chill.

I'm not sure that Panty Peeler is such an aphrodisiac, and it's definitely not the surefire chick-magnet its name suggests. It is, at best, a fair rendition of the classic Belgian style that nowhere close to stacks up to the best-known examples. That being said, I do like it. Not sure I'd call it again, but I had a nice time. Bottom line: there's more fish in the sea. The long distant relationship just isn't worth the hassle, not for this one...

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get some maraschino cherry, dry orange peel, lime, honey and spice. This beer smells great. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and I have to say this is really one of the better domestic versions I've had of a Belgian tripel. There is just enough hoppy bitterness to conter some of the rock candy flavor sweetness and spice in this beer. There is also some underlying orange peel and coriandor noticeable as well, further adding to the flavor complexity. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a mouthwatering component that is impressive. Drinkability is excellent, with the alcohol very well hidden and disguised.

This beer is just delicious, and my only regret is that it's so hard to come by. Yummy stuff.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at Brewforia...

Pours with a 3 finger off white head... very carbonated.. hazy orange... Fantastic retention with good crusty lace.

Great fruity esters in the nose show as pear and some apple essence... bit phenolic... and the coriander raises it's head nicely.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose... Plenty of Belgian characteristics.... some white pepper and an odd floral note help round out a nicely complex beer...

Body seems a tad thick for a standard Triple, but the carbonation helps push things along.

I like this more than my memories of Epluche-culotte.. a bit pricey down here in Boise, but I will pick it up again to drink and probably offer it out there for trades once I have a couple in the cellar.


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Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear light orange gold body. White head with ok retention and lace.

S - Peaches, curacao orange peel, minerals, banana, touch of greens.

T - Huge fruit profile of sweet orange peel, white peach, and tart apple, coriander, and sweet booze.

M - Lively carbonation on a medium frame. A shade syrupy.

O - A triple on the fruity side of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear medium golden amber. Thin white head that quickly dissipated to a ring around the glass, no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, orange and stone fruit, toffee. Flavor follows aroma, with caramel malt, orange and stone fruit, coriander and Belgian yeast. Finishes slightly dry with citrus and Belgian spices. Medium bodied. Pretty much nails the traditional tripel flavors, perhaps not quite as dry and spiced as Belgian ones. A pleasant tripel that does not stand out from the pack. Lost some points for low carbonation for looks and mouth feel, but may be an anomalous low carb bottle; Midnight Sun is usually good in this department.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: hue is a rich golden color starting to fade into the orange range. Body has a light haze and a ton of effervescence, and the head is a Brobdingnagian 4+ fingers of creamy ivory foam. Lookin' slammin'!

Smell: sweet orchard aroma of apples and pears. Nose is a little light, but the composition is classic. I like it a lot.

Taste: whoa, this guy is a bit of a butter bomb. OK, I take that back; not a bomb, but there's definitely a buttery presence here which I don't particularly enjoy. Some of the orchardiness remains, and other than the diacetyl, I like this beer; but man, I just can't get past the butter. And I so wanted to like this beer!

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy, smooth, supple; the head was a dead giveaway. This has a wonderful mouthfeel which I absolutely love. Too bad I don't love the taste as well.

Drinkability: this beer has so much going for it. Why, diacetyl, why?!

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Panty Peeler from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.