Monday, July 25th 2011
Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat
(Tallgrass Brewing Company)
The newest canned offering from Tallgrass is also their only seasonal release and the only one that comes in a 12 oz. package, as opposed the 16 oz. cans they use for their four others. The name Halcyon has a bit of a mixed history and from what I can find out it seems to apply to a mythical bird that calmed the winter weather at sea but also can be used to refer to any idyllic, or calm, period of weather. I'm going to assume in this case it applies to those warm, but not too warm, sunny days during the summer that you wish would never go away. Cheers!
From the Tallgrass site:
"We are in “the wheat state” after all, so the pressure was on us to make a wheat beer, but we knew it had to be great. Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat is the result of that Midwestern angst, an all-American wheat with real Kansas-grown grain in the brew.
We start with raw Kansas white wheat in the mix to give it a nice edge, but what really makes it shine is the hops. We use “hop-bursting” late in the brewing process and this gives Halcyon its palate of tropical fruit flavors & aromas with a bright and refreshing taste like the best days of summer.
This is a seasonal beer, so if you don’t drink it this summer, don’t come whining to us.
Here we go...
Pour - the color of a very hazy, sunny summer day. Leaning towards golden orange with some straw-colored highlights and a very nice looking, fluffy, white head on top. Looks cool and refreshing which is certainly something to look forward to on a day like this - temps pushing 95 right now.
Aroma - some citrus, lemons and oranges along with some cut grass and an earthy aroma perhaps from the wheat or the yeast. Nothing too overpowering as far as aroma goes which is how I like my session beers.
Taste - first sip really hits the spot. Lots of solid malt flavor, almost reminiscent of a brown ale in some ways, a bit toasty and biscuity. That quickly thins out and a citrusy, hop finish develops. This is not your average American Pale Wheat Ale - which has become the staple style for summer beers, most of which lack a decent flavor profile. Halcyon has a very nice malt backbone and a crisp, citrus-esque flavor that quenches your thirst on a warm day. I really, really like this beer.
Overall - If you want the perfect beer to drink outside on a warm, sunny day you certainly couldn't do much better than this. Easy drinking with plenty of flavor and yet thirst quenching and refreshing to boot. Super summer session brew!
Would I buy more of it? - yes, definitely. I could go back and forth with this and Tallgrass' Oasis and be very happy all summer long.
Disclaimer - thank you very much to Barb at Tallgrass Brewing Company for giving us the opportunity to try this beer. We truly appreciate it!
Note - Tallgrass currently cans five different beers. These include their Tallgrass IPA, Tallgrass Ale, Oasis, Buffalo Sweat and Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat. They may no longer be canning their Kold Lager, but Halcyon is certainly a nice replacement!
Posted by Russ
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