Hello everyone! I’m now officially back from a long weekend spent out in beautiful southern Vermont. While we didn’t exactly turn this into one of those infamous “Vermont beer trips,” my wife and I did take advantage of opportunities to sample some local wares. This one was not only one of our favorites from the weekend, but it also comes with a rather memorable story.
Before treating our son to his first ever fireworks show, we took him on a gondola ride up a mountain and on a short hike to a fire tower on Stratton Mountain. At the base of the tower, my wife and I broke out some snacks for him and a beer for us. No sooner had we done so than a friendly park ranger came out of a nearby hiking shelter and started a long chat with us about the area. She didn’t say a thing about the beverages, but that didn’t stop us from feeling a bit like chastised teenagers on the way back down the trail!
Beer Name: Peasant King
Brewery: Burlington Beer Company (Burlington, VT)
Description: An imperial NE-style IPA brewed with Kohatu, Zythos, and Cascade hops and a mix of Pilsner and Vienna malts.
Appearance: Once I finally got it to a glass, the beer poured to a murky orangish-yellow body topped by about a quarter-finger of thick white foam.
Smell: Tropical fruit followed by a warm hazy bitterness hanging over the end.
Taste: Lots of melon and tropical sweetness upfront, followed by some grainy light malts in the middle. The beer closed out in a slightly booze haze of bitterness, featuring a nice blend of tropical and pine hops.
Mouthfeel: The body was a touch above medium and had a slightly less than moderate amount of carbonation.
Hype: None. This brewery has been hit or miss for me on a couple of occasions but I was determined to go into it optimistic.
Overall: This was a good. It had a bit of a kick to it while still being refreshing.