I somehow ended up with a bit of free time last weekend and took advantage of it by making a quick stop at Idle Hands, my friendly neighborhood brewery. Of all the offerings available that day this was probably the one I was the most excited about going in.
Beer Name: Kill Your Idles: Pluot
Brewery: Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden, MA)
Style: Fruited Sour
Description: Per the brewers, the Kill Your Idles series is a line of fruited sours brewed with lactose for balance. This particular installment featured pluots, everyone’s favorite plum/apricot hybrid. Available on tap, my 13 oz. pour came in a snifter glass and cost $7.00.
Appearance: Pinkish/amber body with a foamy off-white head.
Smell: Sweet mix of tart fruits and berries.
Taste: Slightly sweet plum and apricot notes began right at the start and continued on throughout the rest of the beer. Along the way it picked up a mildly sour, tart funkiness to accompany the initial sweetness which give the beer an added layer of flavor. The finish was primarily tart fruits with just a hint of lactose and wild yeast.
Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly upfront with thicker, syrupy ending.
Hype: I really enjoyed the Red Berry installment of this series a few months back so ordering this was an easy choice. The brewery staff again seemed pretty happy about this one, and I certainly can understand why.
Overall: I liked this a lot. Great light, fruity flavors made this very refreshing on a warm spring day. Definitely going to keep an eye on this series and try to make it to the brewery for the next installment. I haven’t had enough of this lineup yet to say for sure, but it seems like these brews might end up rivaling Night Shift’s family of weisse beers in the category of locally brewed sours.