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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
prettythingsbeertoday.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Do you ask, “Who is a ¡Magnifico!”? IT IS A PITY TO ASK SUCH A QUESTION! Dear friends Magnifico is one of our most favorite seasonal offerings -our friendliest beer ever. In 2011 we slip him into our line-up without fuss, all by ourselves on a private world-party tour of a small part of Boston. We swear nobody comes, but no admonishments!

This year, he says hello again my friends and this time he’s in bottle too. We love him because he’s only 3.4% alcohol by volume and perfectly full of lovely Citra, Horizon, Simcoe and Bravo hops. He also likes barley (because you must in order to make beer). He has Munich Malt, Crystal Malt and Maris Otter from Inglaterra.



Look at the label of ¡Magnifico!! It’s also magnifico! He’s just a little chico – malinki hop with a moustache gigante! He has big heart for such small creature. It’s the spirit of beer my friends and friendship and happiness. And loveliness. My friends, we hope you enjoy ¡Magnifico!(!) in the same spirit.

Oh, we nearly forget… if you drink ¡Magnifico!(!) in a bistro or cantina make sure you ask for proper glass! Jambo!

40 IBU

Added by OldIronLungs on 08-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
152
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
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Photo of Oakenator
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden amber with some haziness visible in the glass. The head pours nicely at first but has larger carbonation bubbles than most other beers. Solid lacing. Classic ale smell with a bit of hopiness on top of it. The taste is phenomal for a beer this low strength - how they crammed this much flavor into a beer this mild is a feat. Solid hops and malt flavoring - from front to back - not leaning in any particular direction but still a very nice clean flavor. The taste even lingers for a bit. Well done, and definitely sessionable (many sessions).

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Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in: June 2012

A: If you pour it straight into the glass like the bottle recommends, a huuuuge, bubbly yet pillowy, crater-filled, towering, white head forms. Slowly falls leaving behind a ton of lace. Hazy, pale, golden-yellow in color.

S: Big bouquet of yeast, hops, lightly toasted malt, spices, and wildflowers.

T: Pale malt, floral hops, yeast. It's so smooth and fresh that I can't go any deeper than that to find flavors. It's insanely drinkable (as it should be) and the finish is fantastic. Dry, hoppy, and with a bit of yeast.

M: Incredibly smooth, right amount of carbonation, tons of flavor for the ABV. I can't say anything bad. If I wanna get picky, I'll say the body is a bit thin at the front but from the middle to the finish, the body beefs up and becomes perfect for the style.

O: If someone on the street told me that Pretty Things made a bad beer, I would slap them. This is a ridiculously good, well-crafted beer!

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Photo of harsley
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is everything a hop forward session beer should be. It's light on the mouth feel, which would probably be my only negative. It smelled and tasted like there were hop pellets in the bottle. Full of carbonation which left a huge head lingering until the glass was empty (which didn't take too long). The malt definitely takes a back seat but it's there enough to keep things real. Color was nice and it was pretty clear. I didn't notice much "Belgian" about it and didn't know it was considered a Belgian Pale until I saw it here. I'm guessing it was fermented on the cooler side to keep the esters down and the hops either drowned them out or were so well matched that they blended with each other into one harmonious flavor explosion.

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Photo of ridedammit
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Pretty Things session beer. I think I could drink a tone of them, one of the tastiest and yet light beers I have ever had. This is one that I could simply put my feet up and drink all evening. One of the best parts about it was the mug. A giant PRetty Things mug for their beer, I want one!!

Color is light, not too light, at least I don;t think it was (It was dark in the bar so hard to tell if it was more to the golden or pale side) Smells nice and malty but not overly so, no heavy hop aroma,. which is good, it is after all a sessionable beer. Taste was remarkable for such a light and low ABV brew. Dan really knows how to create a tasty beverage. Kudos again PT!

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Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a clear yellow straw colour with a two finger head that left heavy, heavy side lacing.

S - Rather light on the nose with super soft herbal and grassy hop notes. Even lighter grain notes too.

T - Really tasty here. Some really nice hoppy/floral notes that are quire smooth. Earthy grains and good citrus notes.

M - Very good mouthfeel here. Nice carbonation. Good and crisp.

O - Of course, this is super sessionable. Just because its low in ABV doesnt mean its low in flavor. Definately packs a hop whallop.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (they always seem to be drinking from them...)- pours a hazy golden straw color with one finger of head, mild retention and only a few dots of lacing.

Smell is mild but interesting- definitely some malt (maybe a little rye as well), as well as a subtle hop presence. Nonetheless a pretty earthy smell.

Taste is surprisingly complex for such a low alcohol content beer- definitely seems like there's some rye to this one; I get some sharp notes mid-palate after initial malt sweetness. Bittering hops take over towards the end, perhaps in conjunction with yeast, to provide a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- a little resin, light body, moderately carbonated. I love this one- an excellent summer refresher.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head lasts well, with spotty average lacing. Aroma is lightly of citrus and sweet pale.

Taste starts with a peek of sweet, then dominated by citrus hoppiness through the middle, and closes moderately bitter. Lot of flavor for 3.4%. Mouthfeel is soft with a touch of prickliness, and drinkability is excellent. Would revisit, again and again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me -enjoyed chilled in a double-walled tumbler.

The color is deep golden with light amber hues, clarity is mildly hazed, the head is white and falls to about 1 finger in width. The smell is very fragrant with hops the aroma is slight grass which gives a pleasant herbal and pine tinge with light pear and orange blossom from the yeast. The feel is thin, dry, bitter and slightly creamy with yeast and toasted malt with semi-high carbonation and light astringency in the finish.

The flavor has tangy apricot elements with subtle hint of grassy and herbal hops with a light pine tinge and slight malt essence but very gentle with light pepper and hint of cracker-like flavor of dry grain with mild citrus rind as it finished with mostly dry herbal taste. Overall a solid brew in every way, a great session worthy beer which I could enjoy anytime and the price is reasonable.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz btl into a pretty things wine glass like glass lol.

A: poured with gusto! And being patient to let the head settle and then continuing on at the end of my pour I was left with a fat fingers worth of white head.... That dissapates nicley. the body of the beer is a light, slightly hazy golden/amber straw.

S: earthy barnyard hay likeness and toasty grain. Some earthy hops and citrus notes.

T: tons of flavor for such a low abv brew, toasty grains with some light earthyness and bready yeast. rustic hops with a touch of pine and then citrusyness on the finish, again tons of flavor here. Very enjoyable hop flavor, especially once it warms a little.

M: super drinkable, medium creamy body with a sharpening carbonation that really accents the hop bitterness... Which kinda gives you a slight kick to the plate in the finish. Deffinatly a dry finish, with a bitter hop aftertaste.

O: this really grew on me as I drank it and now that this review and my glass are almost finished, I'm wishing I had another bottle. Tons of flavor here, nice hop bite, some toast grains, a great refresher for a hot summer day.

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Photo of pburland23
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into this Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip Ive had sitting around waiting to be filled.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy light orange. Three fingers of bright white head shot up the glass and hung around for several minutes before leaving some moderate lacing in its wake.

Smell: Very grainy with some pronounced cracker notes. Slight lemon zest too.

Taste: Wow. A lot of taste in a little (ABV) package. It's malty, grainy and quite citrusy. The finish is quite dry, seems to be a Pretty Things trademark and very bitter. The bitterness sneaks up on you, but it gives another dimension to a fairly complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a pleasing level of spritzy carbonation. The drinkability is, obviously, through the roof.

Overall: Pretty Things turns out a tasty and complex, sessionable Belgian Pale Ale at 3.4%. It's pretty remarkable what they've been able to do with this beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/5/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, a good amount of hops, light caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character and Belgian yeast. Then some mild but complementary sweetness follows from flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is good for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine taster. The color is slightly hazy straw. There is a small off-white head.

The aroma has a lot of crouton and bready malt with a soft touch of citrus hops.

The taste is full of spicy Belgian yeast that adds a dose of peppery flavor. There is a nice integration of hops adding a citrusy component to the taste towards the finish.

This is light with a lively mouthfeel. This is very delicious, with lots of flavor and very refreshing. Yum.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Publick House, was stunned to see it on the menu! Review from notes.

Poured into a mug a fizzy, translucent grass yellow color.

Earthy hops on the nose. Seemed to me to be dry-hopped with a noble hop - and I see Sterling on the press release now - very similar to Saaz/Hallertau.

A sip is clean, dry and crisp, the malt was pretty dominated by a very strong earthy bitterness (definitely Magnum!). Lots of carbonation, medium/fuller bodied - overall I found the bitterness biting with the firm carbonation and a touch overwhelming and couldn't finish my mug. I won't dock many points because I had this late in my evening after some sours. I should have had started with it, the 3.4% was great.

I submitted this beer and I'm not sure what style Pretty Things classifies it as - seemed like an English Bitter to me, but I hope to learn what they call it. Tasty and sessionable in abv, but pretty boldly bitter. *** UPDATED -- had it again last night as my first beer and it was very very good. Bubbly and bitter.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Magnifico pours a brilliant glowing orange color. Head is frothy and gigantic and it lasts forever. Light lacing. The bubbles rise in strict columns. Looks awesome.

S-Lemon and lime zest. Sweet muffin malt. Candied citrus hops and floral hops. Light grains and buttery biscuits. More intense than you'd expect from a 3.4%er.

T-Lemon and lime zest again. Grassy and flowery hops along with light citrus. Sweet bready malts and lightly spicy grains. Taste is fuller than most American Pale Ales I come across. Really tasty.

M-No skimping here. Body is (in the context of a low ABV beer) surprisingly full. Also has plenty of bitterness and lingering dryness. Sessionable for days.

O/D- A beer under 3.5% ABV with this much flavor is impressive. It also doesn't hurt that the beer just plain taste great. Kudos.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at trina's 8/8/2011

comes out a sunrise yellow/orange with tiny bit of head that disappears to a ring quickly. minimum lacing. the nose is crackers bread lemon zest and pepper. summery and enticing. taste is crackers bread malts with lemon zest and pepper and a big hop punch that just draws itself out and lingers and lingers.. and lingers. hops might seem overwhelming to some but this worked perfectly with everything else for me. light bodied brew with lots and lots of carbonation present on the tongue (just shy of too much). overall this is one fine session brew and you should definitely seek it out while its around..

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thin bar-poured head. Settles to minute rim bubbles leaves some streaky lace. The cloudy broth is dirty gold in color.

Pleasant flowery hop with a black pepper kick. Light crystal in the background.

This a strongly bitter (said black pepper!) beer. The swallow and aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. It's hard to detect the malt base--mostly pale. The body is neutral; the carbonation elevated. Definitely a hop head beer.

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June 9, 2013 -- Bottle version

Key difference comes from the head, which is very impressive. Lumpy while settling. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. I would also consider the body to be on the thin side with the carbonation still elevated.

I did not change the scores to reflect this.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Lively carbonation. Head is creamy, bright-white, and leaves some nice sheets of lacing. Head retention is good. Small cap lingers for the duration.

Smell: Grassy. Pale malts. Graham cracker and bread crust. Mild herbal/earthy hops. Very pale. Slight push of grains. Nice floral edge with something approaching raw honey. Very mild.

Taste: Clean, floral, and pale malts. Some cracker. Mild earthiness. Grass. Extremely light. Maintains that mild raw honey edge found on the nose. Nice depth. Very mild yet complex. Small touches of yeast. Mild spiciness in the back. Toasted just a touch. Everything is done minimally.

Mouthfeel: Body is a bit on the thin side, but it works with the lively carbonation and delicate flavors. Some slight dryness.

Overall: It's mellow and it's incredibly drinkable. This is a fantastic summer beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey, despite being the evil presence in a great Asimov book, Magnifico is now a beer.

Served in a big mug, pours a huge overflowing creamy 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, crystal clear pale orange color.

Nose light toasty straw malts, fruit almost lager like fruit, light rustic saison farmhouse aroma, some light citrus almost spicy hops.

Taste comes with light crisp malts, light straw and toasty pale malts, some light grassy and fruity hops and bit of citrus, some lager fruits, gets fairly bitter, juicy, starts to get astringent on the finish, cracked straw rustic malt finish, lingering hops and bitterness, bit creamy even, but dry and slightly sticky.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malt flavors, decent hops until it gets astringent, drinkable. a nice hit from Pretty Things but not right on target as there is barely any Belgian kick to this except the hints of rustic farmhouse malts, but not much of the yeast flavors, and the hops get too bitter and astringent for it's own good, the American hops add a different kick to it as well.

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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

¡Magnifico! is a homological name, it expresses a property which it itself possesses. ¡Magnifico! looks exactly that: magnificent. Its golden complexion shimmers and, as most sediment stays caked to the bottom of the bottle, maintains a clean, more or less clear complexion. Its head is like something from a lotion commercial; there's as much froth on the top of the beer as there is on the sides of the glass.

Pine-like tree resins and great, budding leafiness give this aroma the (literal) air of a Northwest forest. Add to it faint grapefruit and herbal spice and you've got yourself a more than noticeable hoppiness, albeit one that doesn't boast hops as ends in and of themselves. There is plenty of biscuity, bready maltiness to temper things (and even a little bit of yeast, too). Things are shaping up nicely...

Note that ¡Magnifico! has exclamation marks at *both* ends of its name. The first, I assume, relates to the honeyed, bready malts that initiate the flavour, and the second the earthy, vinous hoppiness that concludes it. In this flavour, sweet and bitter shake hands like two world leaders. This beer witnesses a wonderfully harmonious, Kumbaya moment between the two seemingly opposed features.

A highly hopped, low alcohol beer may appear a new style but it’s actually not that novel an idea. So-called "session" or "table" beers are historically common in nations like Belgium and England. The idea is something flavourful that can be casually (perhaps copiously) quaffable. ¡Magnifico! is exactly that: it has as much barley as grandma's heartiest soup and hops so crisp you could cut your teeth on them.

¡Magnifico! provides exactly what a low-gravity session beer should: carefree enjoyment and flavour that is both plentiful and balanced. The people at Pretty Things know what they're doing. It's a brewery that if you ask anyone from New England about it, and they've tried their beers, they'll say: "They're great! I love their beers!". And if they haven't, you'll probably say to them: "They're great! You'll love their beers!"

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Bottled June 2012

A: Nice head and lacing.

S: Dusty yeast, bread and leafy hops.

T: Doughy and yeasty with herbal hops that are a bit bitter on the finish. Fairly balanced flavor.

M: Initally very carbonated, hits a sweet spot, and then quickly flattens out.

O: Remarkably flavorful beer for the abv. Unsurprisingly, it's very drinkable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy light to medium golden amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light biscuit malt and citrus. Flavor follows with light biscuit malt, citrus and grassy hops with light grapefruit rind. Finishes with very light biscuit malt and lingering grassy hops. Light bodied with active carbonation. A light ale, resembling an American pale ale more than a Belgian pale, but remarkably flavored for 3.4%. Quite an achievement for the ABV. A very nice lunch beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a tulip to a light gold with a half finger of dense off white head that retains well
S: smells slightly fruity and some spicy yeast aroma is going on as well
T: taste is slightly fruity with a bit of spice and some nice sweetness. very delicate hop flavor as well with a slight citrus and faint grassyness. swallow is more light fruityness and a bit of residual hop bitterness.
M: This beer is light with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: This is a pretty good beer. the flavors are all there and there is nothing off the mark. It drinks very easily and effortlessly. Definitely a nice beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of white head. Leaves a bit of sparse lace.

Light mellow aroma with faint bitter hops and some grainy malts. Nice balance on this one. The pallet has some buttery notes with nice rustic grains and a good bitter finish.

Medium carbonation and a bit of a heavier body than expected. It seems to really stick to the pallet.

Overall this one is pretty well done. Would love stuff like this in six or four packs because I'd love to have something like this around to kick back with.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting one. Had seen it at Bottles for about a month before finally deciding to pick it up. I guess the low 3.4% ABV scared me off for a while.

I poured this as directed, half of it straight down the middle. After letting the 1/2 inch of head settle, poured the rest. Hazy gold in appearance.

As expected, this has a mild taste. Citrusy, light hop flavor. One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Paired very nicely with a dinner of stuffed scallops and grilled salmon. The finish is bitter, which lingers afterwards. This surprised me but was welcomed.

Recommended, especially with a seafood dinner. What I don't recommend is pairing it with an episode of Real Housewives, which is unfortunately what I had to sit through while enjoying this.

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Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy very pale orange. Huge fluffy white head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacing behind.

S: Nice citrus and grassy notes. Bready malt backs it up. A little bit of belgian yeast.

T: Grassy throughout with a hint of citrus (mainly lemon). Yeasty, grainy bread. A little bit toasty.

M: Pretty light but impressive for 3.4% ABV. I've had thinner beers that were 50% stronger than this.

O: A light and refreshing brew for summer. Super low ABV but surprisingly full flavor, mouthfeel and aroma. Still, it's an obviously simple beer. Very sessionable as you would expect.

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