Tuesday, February 1st 2011
Wind River Blonde Ale
(Wind River Brewing Company)
Our first canned craft brew from the Cowboy State. Wind River Brewing Company is a name that references the Wind River Mountains which lie next to its hometown of Pinedale (pop. 1,412) which lies in the central part of western Wyoming.
Perhaps someone can confirm whether or not this is the same beer as Wind River's Korruption Kolsch. This beer is not mentioned on their website but I'm thinking these two are aliases.
Here we go...
Pour - nice soft, hazy looking light orange to yellow color. Slightly cloudy when held to the light with a thin wispy head. Everything looks in place for a blonde ale.
Aroma - a little spicy, some apple notes, perhaps some peach or apricot as well. This has a nice subtle fruity/floral aroma that seems to be saying, "hurry up and drink me and stop worrying about the aroma you beer nerd". Fine, I will.
Taste - one big gulp later and I am on to the flavor of this brew. This is light on the palate and slightly dry in the finish. It has some melon flavors along with a bit of yeasty spiciness. Refreshing and not overpowering in any way on the tongue. This will appeal to the masses quite well and provide much needed thirst quenching to participants of many an outdoor activity.
Overall - well done. This is a style that I am not one to seek out but this is a good beer. Sometimes your tastebuds need a break from all those strong stouts and hoppy IPAs and its beers like this that can give you that much needed reprieve.
Would I buy more of it? - I'd love to venture out to Wyoming and try the other Wind River brews that is for sure. But, until then, this is a brew I wouldn't turn down.
Note - Wind River also plans to can their Pale Ale. Did you know that Cheyenne is the biggest city in Wyoming with just under 60,000 people?
Posted by Russ
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