Yankee Drifter | Naked City Taphouse

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2.97 w/ 5 ratings

Brewed by:
Naked City Taphouse
Washington, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 12-13-2009

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by RedDiamond:
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2.69/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

NC's lightest offering is dominated by unusually fruity yeast esters. Kiwi, strawberry, and melon all step forward at least momentarily. The beer is pale straw yellow with a rimmed head and is unacceptably flat - virtually uncarbonated. The taste is of black tea and lemon with a certain rawness in that unfiltered, minimal-to-no finings way that leaves detracting elements suspended in the mix.

Sorry, but this one lacks direction. It is a pint of limp ambiguity.

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Photo of mentor
2.01/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a half finger white head over a cloudy dull straw-colored liquid. Smells diacetyl buttery. Also, perfumey fruity (berry, peach, melon) old hops (cheesy isovaleric acid) with some grainy character and minimal hop. The grain character has a slight astringency, like it had been washed too much during mash out.

Tastes very off fruity, plastic, and butterscotch. The fruit has an odd tang that is off-putting. Wet malt to start that dries out in the finish. Grain flavor is mild under the strong esters, but comes across with a bit of vienna and caramel. Hop flavor is strong floral, like hallertauer and is accompanied by mild hop bitter. The hop bitter is gently peppery, sort of like the zip in a czech pils. Md light body with some dextrinous quality. Moderate but fine and stingy carbonation. Unpleasant.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a straw color with a little cloudiness, small white head

S: Grain, hops and that about it

T: Some light floral notes, tad honey, dose of hops, light booze and minimal bitterness

M: Ok, somewhat crisp

D: Worth a shot I suppose but not one I would seek out

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was brewed as a tribute to the owners dad (Yankee Drifter was his CB handle) who was an avowed Hamm's drinker. Everytime he'd try a craft beer he'd say it was "too bitter". So the brewer came up with this smooth easy drinking brew.

Served in pint glass. Poured a nice golden straw color, with about 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was solidly grain, with a trace of hops in the background. The flavor was a well executed mat and grain brew. The body was fuller than typical for the style and drinkability was very good. Having a growler of this while while tubing down the Nooksack River, or waiting as a reward after chores would be welcome indeed.

Overall, not an earth-shattering brew, but a well-crafted, easy drinking, pleasurable beer. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of jdense
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap PDX Nanofest Green Dragon 8.27.11.

Deep gold clear body, white head, good retention and lace. Pilsener malt dominates nose, a bit sweet with some floral hop notes. Taste is funky/off there's obviously some adjunct in here, corn sweetness with some Saaz bitterness on back end. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium. Not much going on here. I was looking forward to my first Naked City beer, but to be honest this was quite underwhelming.

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Yankee Drifter from Naked City Taphouse
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