Last week it was my turn to pick out the Friday afternoon work beer again. It was pretty hot out that day, so my orders were to bring back something not too heavy. Fortunately I’ve been doing plenty of research on that sort of thing lately.
Beer Name: Fresh Cut
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company
Style: Czech Pilsner
Description: Described in some detail by the brewers here, this pilsner was dry hopped with Chinook, Citra, and Centennial to give an IPA-like quality. I picked up a six-pack of cans at a convenience store for $12.99, a price point I felt was reflective of location. The cans were pretty fresh at least, bearing a 6/10/2016 date stamp. We happened to have some pilsner glasses hanging around the office, one of which I put to good use for this review.
Appearance: It poured a translucent, pale yellow/straw-colored body topped off by a plentiful foamy white head. The head eventually settled down somewhat, but did stick around for a significant portion of the drinking experience.
Smell: Mild sweetness mixed with grassy and piney hops.
Taste: Crisp, clean, and surprisingly hoppy, this beer was true to the brewer’s notes and a near perfect pilsner/IPA hybrid. Light bready malts, a touch of citrus zest, and a grassy, earthy hop bitterness all combined to make this one flavorful beverage. Each component had its place in giving the beer a light and refreshing taste that highlighted the best aspects of each style it aspired to.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Suited the taste profile very well.
Hype Factor: No hype here. Honestly, I decided on this brew because I needed to come back with something not too heavy and it seemed like the best option available even though I wasn’t quite sure I was in the mood for a pilsner.
Overall: This turned out be an excellent choice, even at what I felt was a downtown price markup. It was a really good, refreshing beer that delivered exactly what we were looking for at the end of a stressful summer day in the office. I think this would have been a solid pilsner on its own, but the dry hopping took the beer to another level by adding an extra dimension of flavor that complimented the base brew nicely. Satisfying pickup.