Tuesday, October 30th 2012
(Wachusett Brewing Company)
America’s first ever canned blueberry ale hit the shelves in mid-2012 and is now one of three Wachusett beers now on the market in our favorite containers (the others are Green Monsta IPA and Pumpkan). Early word is the folks at Wachusett hope to help other brewers in the area can their beers using their new multi-head high speed line. We’ve said it before and we’ll continue to say it: we love the collaborative spirit of today’s craft brewing community.
From the Wachusett site:
"First brewed in 2001 and named the #9 Best Beer in America by Stuff Magazine in 2005. Nice aroma of blueberry is balanced by a subtle flavor that gets fermented into this delicious brew. Available year round."
Here we go...
(In the interest of full disclosure, I admit up front that I’ve grown to like fruit beers. Fresh fruit flavor that complements – not overpowers – a solid base beer is high on my list of favorite warm weather beverages. This brew was sampled on a warmer fall Sunday to set the appropriate mood. - Trent)
Pour - Pale yellow tinted with a little pink to make it look almost tan. Most importantly, it is not purple, which could suggest a colored concentrate or cooked berries were used. Moderately-sized white head on top.
Aroma - Big time berries in the nose of this one. Reminds me of the aroma of true blueberry syrup on my morning pancakes without sticky sweetness.
Taste - Moderately carbonated brew with a lighter (read: not syrupy) blueberry flavor that is especially sharp and tart in the middle just like fresh berries off the bush. Finishes with an enjoyable fresh fruit flavor and a nice blueberry aroma that floods the sinuses. Underneath the fruitiness lies a base ale has qualities that seem similar to a blonde, and is reminiscent of a kolsch now and then.
Overall - A very good blueberry for fruit beer lovers. There is a delicate balance between the wheat and malt that seems to be necessary to allow the berry flavor to cut through as well as it does in this beer. The hop bill is very complementary and the Tettnang and wheat likely contribute to the sharp middle. Nicely crafted, and a good one to represent the first American blueberry ale in a can!
Note - The CraftCans.com database currently lists 14 canned, or soon-to-be canned, fruit beers made with produce ranging from apricot to raspberry to pomegranate to breadfruit. Check ‘em out and let us know which ones are your favorites. Cheers!
Posted by Trent
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