My wife and I braved the outside world this past weekend and swung by the no contact pickup station at Idle Hands, our friendly neighborhood brewery. One of the centerpieces of our order was this wonderfully named lager that drew its inspiration from a classic Twilight Zone episode I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
Brewery: Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden, MA)
Style: Czech-style Amber Lager
Description: Listed as a clean lager that pays tribute to Czech brewing traditions, I couldn’t in my admittedly limited searching find out what that means exactly, but was willing to just go with it. This is the sort of thing the brewery tends to do quite well.
Appearance: Poured a clearish amber/copper body with a resilient and foamy beige head. A steady stream of small bubbles trickled up the glass throughout the experience.
Smell: Toasty malt backed by a mild toffee sweetness.
Taste: Solid nutty, toasted malt backbone with notes of bread and a toffee presence that added a bit of sweetness. It closed with a creamy culmination of the previous flavors, with just a slight hint of fruity sweetness added to the mix.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-plus body with less than moderate carbonation.
Hype: No real hype I suppose, but it sure was nice to get some beer direct from a brewery again! I honestly wasn’t really sure what to expect from the style, but the name made me want to love it.
Overall: I liked this a lot. Flavorful and easy drinking, it was a bit more robust that your typical warm weather lager but without the heaviness of something bigger. This beer was a winner for sure and I kind of wish we got more than just a single four pack.