Wednesday, August 10th 2011
(Arcadia Brewing Company)
Yet another canned brew from the state of Michigan! Whitsun flooded the inside of cans for the first time earlier this summer and should be a seasonal favorite for all those enjoying the lakes, rivers and streams of the Great Lakes State. Look for more offerings in cans from the folks at Arcadia in the coming months.
From the Arcadia site:
"Enjoy the warmer weather of spring and summer with Whitsun, Arcadia's refreshing and smooth drinking wheat ale that's light enough to quench your thirst after mowing the lawn or that awesome workout, and enough body and "legs" to satisfy the beer enthusiast with an quaffable and full-flavored summer brew.
Brewed in the style of a mid-19th Century English Festival Ale, this unfiltered wheat beer boasts a translucent orange color topped with a creamy, white head. Its full-flavored drinkability makes it the perfect choice for any warm weather events, while the unique flavors pair nicely with many dishes."
Here we go...
Pour - A deep orange color that gets awfully close to amber. The cloudiness and floaters confirm this one is unfiltered. Carbonation is limited, resulting in a thin head. The sticky lacing and low carb suggest this one has a pretty big body for what is marketed as a seasonal summer brew.
Aroma - as expected, orange and some peppery coriander come to the forefront. The coriander aroma gets stronger and more prevalent as this warms a bit.
Taste - flavor profile is consistently sweet malt and orange throughout and I daresay we found some clover honey in some of the sips though it’s not suggested as an ingredient. The mouthfeel proves out to be what we suspected at the pour – this is big-bodied for a summer ale. The orange sweetness is more pronounced as it warms which brings some tart acidity to the party.
Overall - A unique pale wheat with low carbonation, a heavier body/mouthfeel, and on the heavy side of refreshing. For me, this one is best enjoyed cold.
Would I buy more of it? - I would, and I have! This one is good to have in the fridge for those cool early and late summer nights around the fire pit.
Note - Whitsun is Arcadia’s first brew to be offered in cans, and was the 100th brewery to make the CraftCans.Com list of American breweries that are canning their beer. Their canning line was previously owned by Maui Brewing, so it has plenty of prior experience filling cans with wonderful craft beers! Look for their Sky High Rye in cans this fall. Cheers!
Posted by Trent
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