Winter Sun (Wheaten Ale)
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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3.94 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right"

--The Beatles (George Harrison)

Turbid iced tea brown with lemon peel trim. The sponge-like beige cap was mighty fine for a bar pour and lingered a little. When it finally relented, gauzy sheets of lace were left on the glass, with more substantial rings indicating each mouthful.

Assigning a style was not a slam dunk. wdmrock describes the beer as an 'amber wheat ale', but that isn't an option. Taking everything into consideration, it's closer to an ADWA than an APWA. The aroma wasn't shy and featured lightly toasted grains and citrus zest. Hopes were running pretty high after the sniff test...

... and the flavor more than came through. Winter Sun was a splendid winter wheat ale that impressed me with its deliciousness and with its drinkability. In my humble opinion, the key to the whole shootin' match (other than skill on the part of the brewer) was a perfect choice of ingredients.

The beautifully balanced flavor profile consisted of toasted grain (think wheat crackers and pretzel crust) along with a semi-firm smack of lemon and grapefruit peel. Sweet and tangy flowed into bitter and tangy as each mouthful progressed. Ingredients: raw red wheat, malted white wheat, pale malt, light caramel malt, Simcoe hops and Amarillo hops.

Thankfully, the mouthfeel was more winter wheat than summer wheat. It was no less than medium in heft, with a light chewiness that fit the flavor well. In addition, the carbonation kept things nicely buoyed, while staying just below the surface.

If the long, cold, lonely winter is getting you down, and if you happen to find yourself in West Des Moines, go to Rock Bottom and brighten your day with a pint of Winter Sun (Wheaten Ale). I would be delighted to find this beer on-tap during any of the four seasons.

Jan 16, 2009
Winter Sun (Wheaten Ale) from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 2 ratings