Plaid To The Bone - Picaroons Brewing Co.
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3.16/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Call me crazy, but I was expecting a beer called "Plaid to the Bone" to be red, or at least be checkered in amber highlighting. The ale in front of me, however, is a hazy banana yellow in colour. With its foamy white head it has the appearance of a Kölsch or a Pale Ale. It certainly doesn't look like something inspired by an ancient Scottish brewing tradition.
The three words that best describe this aroma are as follows, and I quote, "Stink, Stank, Stunk!" Wafts of leather, wet socks, and sweaty cheese point directly to the culprit: Brettanomyces. This funkiness would be most welcomed in an intentionally soured ale, but it's likely to sign of an infection in this example.
Not all is lost, however; surprisingly, traces of the gentle heather flowers can be appreciated from beneath those wild barnyard notes. They're even easier enjoyed on the palate where the funkiness quickly fades to black and allows a bready, sweet malt to set in, and soft floral flavours to mingle with it. The aftertaste is like dry, plain soda-crackers.
Any tinge of tartness becomes almost entirely unnoticeable after a short time; the beer is perfectly drinkable. Enjoyable too, but it certainly doesn't leave one wanting for nothing: more heather would have been nice. I was also expecting something a little less 'ordinary' considering the beer's limited, special release status.
Plaid to the Bone is pretty much just all skin and bone. It has a pale, frail, and plain profile that does no justice to its special ingredient nor the fantastic brewery that made it; hopefully Picaroons comes up with a different recipe for 2014 because they are capable of much better than this. This may be the first and only Picaroons beer I didn't truly enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2013 06:23:51 | More by biegaman
4.04/5 rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle poured into pint glass. Very clear and pale with a lot of carbonation. Nice aromatic bouquet on the nose with a lot of herbs coming trough. Really pleasant flavor, well balanced and different because of the lack of hops. Really nice summer beer
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2013 20:50:28 | More by schnarr84
Plaid To The Bone from Picaroons Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.