This time we’re looking at a local offering that I couldn’t help but pick up off the shelf at Kappy’s. I haven’t had nearly enough of this brewery in my drinking rotation, so perhaps now is the time to fix that.
Brewer: Mystic Brewery
Style: Pale Ale
Pour Info: Poured from a refrigerated 500 ml (16.9 oz.) bottle into a snifter glass. Couldn’t find a bottled on date.
Price: I don’t remember exactly since it was lumped in with other purchases, but I believe it was in the $3-4 price range.
Appearance: There was a nice hazy mist upon opening the bottle, noticeably more so than usual upon opening up a bottle (as odd as that sounds). Characteristic golden body with a lively fluffy white that didn’t quite disappear entirely.
Smell:.Not much going on here. There was a burst of resiny bitterness upon opening the bottle but not so much in the glass, where there was just a hint of floral bitterness.
Taste: The taste really brought what the nose hints at. Lots of bitterness of the floral variety in this beer. The beer got a little sweeter at warmer temperatures, but this was first and foremost a very crisp, dry tasting hoppy beer.
Mouth Feel: Appropriately medium bodied for the style. It was playfully bubbly without being over carbonated.
Hype Factor: Cautiously optimistic. Mystic is a somewhat under the radar but very well regarded local that I haven’t had a lot of experience with.
Overall: This was a very solid beer. The word “quality” comes to mind in describing the taste and execution; you can really taste that this was well made. The taste profile is not quite in line with my usual IPA preferences, but I cannot deny that this is a top notch brew. I’m happy I picked it up and would try it on draft if given the chance. I’ll even recommend someone else do the same.