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The moment I saw this beer I knew I had to try it out.  Wary as I am of buying things based on name alone at this point, there was no way I was going let a Star Trek-themed beer pass me by.

Beer Name: Terrans Unite!

Brewery: Schmaltz Brewing Company (Clifton Park, NY)

Style: IPL

ABV: 5.0%

Description: Based on the description offered by the brewers, it seems that this hop-forward lager drew its inspiration from the classic episode of Star Trek called Mirror, Mirror in which Kirk and company are sent to an alternate universe by means of transporter glitch.  Just another reason to never trust transporter technology I guess. Also, would the evil, mirror version of myself be clean-shaven?  There’s some brewing specs there as well, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Appearance: It poured to a murky, amber-colored body out of the bottle.

Smell: Faint aromas of sweet caramel malt.

Taste: It featured a prominent sweet malt backbone with some sticky pine sweetness on the end.  Definitely more malt-focused than the popular trend in IPAs, or IPLs, these days but I didn’t mind that so much.  Nice balance of sweeter malts and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Hype: Even though I called this a total gimmick upon picking up the bottle, I was still really excited to drink it.  My not so inner sci-fi geek rejoiced at an opportunity to combine my interests.

Overall: I am happy to say this was actually pretty good.  It wasn’t the most amazing beer I’ve ever had, but it drank a lot better than I feared it would.  Always nice to have your curiosity rewarded from time to time!