Friday, August 26, 2011

Review: New Belgium Somersault Ale

Alright, time for a quick review of a perfect hot-weather beer before it gets too cold to enjoy!  Yeah, here in Baton Rouge that's probably a few months off, so if you get a chance to find this offering from New Belgium (@newbelgium) - Mandi got some for me in Houston - then I'd highly recommend you do so.

As for the beer itself... this one is a Blonde Ale, so local examples of the style would be the NOLA Blonde (on tap only as of now) and the upcoming Bandit Blonde Ale from Tin Roof and LSU.
 
Poured into a pint glass, it's a hazy bubbly deep gold color with an inch or so of frothy white head.

The aroma is earthy with hints of citrus and honey.  The taste is mostly the same, grassy with honey and a slight bitter grapefruit hint at the end.

There is a slight hoppy grapefruit aftertaste, with a very nice body for a lighter beer.

This is a very well crafted blonde ale. A fantastic summer beer for when the heat index is 106, or even when it's a little cooler in the Louisiana early fall.  I can only hope the Tin Roof Blonde Ale compares favorably to this one, it would be awesome to have a beer like this in cans for football season.

My Rating: B+