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
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.