Saturday, July 23rd 2011
Second Wind Pale Ale
(Mother Earth Brewing Company)
Mother Earth Brewing Company just recently released their Second Wind Pale Ale and Sunny Hazy in cans. The brewery still mantains a big focus on their bottled brands but that may change if they see success with these two canned offerings. Oh, before I forget, take a good close look (click on the card) at the runners on the can and you'll notice they're all wearing what look like Vibram FiveFingers.
From the Mother Earth Brewing site:
"This medium bodied beer boasts a moderate to strong hop aroma and a color that’s pale golden. If the pale ale has been dry hopped, the beer will appear a bit hazy in the glass. Otherwise, you’ll find pale ales to be pretty clear once poured. Most often, American hops are used to concoct American pale ale- and these usually embody a citrus character. Sometimes, we refer to pale ale as IPA’s little brother. It’s sort of like an IPA that’s been toned down a few notches. Overall, you’ll quickly recognize this beer to be refreshing and easy to drink."
Here we go...
Pour - soft golden peach color with about a half inch of white fizzy/foamy head on top. Carbonation levels look spot on and this beer looks very appealing.
Aroma - sweet orange, powdered sugar, lemon zest, pixie sticks and some hints of biscuit mix and just a slight bit of butter.
Taste - bitter on the tongue and dry right off the bat. Lots of hoppiness that I don't think I was quite expecting from this pale ale. Wow. This is certainly hoppier than some IPAs I've had in my life. Nice citrusy hop flavors as well as fresh cut grass all with a good-sized malt backing to keep things balanced. Nothing overpowering and certainly easy to manage more than a few in a sitting.
Overall - This is a full-bodied, hops ensconced brew! Lots of big hop bitterness and nice citrus notes in this well-rounded and balanced brew. Very impressive. Well done Mother Earth!
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This is a great option for the cooler or the fridge or the river stream or wherever you might throw some of these to keep them cool.
Note - Second wind is a phenomenon in distance running, such as marathons or road running (as well as other sports), whereby an athlete who is too out of breath and tired to continue suddenly finds the strength to press on at top performance with less exertion. The feeling may be similar to that of a "runner's high", the most obvious difference being that the runner's high occurs after the race is over. Some scientists believe the second wind to be a result of the body finding the proper balance of oxygen to counteract the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. Others claim second winds are due to endorphin production, while still others believe it to be purely psychological. - wikipedia.org
Posted by Russ
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