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The second of two beers my wife picked up the other day.  This one caught her eye because of the name and I can totally relate.  It’s always nice to have a literary brew (or four) in the house)!

Beer Name: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Brewery: Shakesbeer Beverages (Hingham, MA)

Style: Summer Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Description: Not a lot of specs available on this, but the brewery lists it as a summer pale ale brewed with lemon zest.

Appearance: The light golden body was cloudy yet just barely clear enough to see through.  A thick white foam settled across the top upon completion of the pour.

Smell: Crisp scents of sweet bitterness mixed  with hints of lemon.

Taste: It had a dry pale malt backbone topped initially by mild sweetness and melon notes.  It closed with a mild bitterness accentuated by lemons that left behind a rather tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation.

Hype: None that relates to the actual beer.  I do, of course, welcome the tie-in to reading and my wife really liked the company’s “Brewed as you like it” tagline.

Overall: It was appropriately nice and light for the summertime, but I wasn’t really all that into the lemon aftertaste. I think this was more of a personal preference thing as opposed to a fault of the beer since my wife liked this a bit more than I did.