After being stuck inside for so long, I am determined to take advantage of every nice day I can get. This next brew was one of the last remaining stragglers from that mixed-pack I picked up back at the start of quarantine. Although I don’t exactly root for the home team, its name (see below) made me acutely aware that in better times the Major League Baseball season would be in full swing right now.
Brewery: Ipswich Ale Brewery (Ipswich, MA)
Description: A classic Pilsner brewed with German malts and a combination of Saaz and Lemongrass hops, the can art leads me to believe it draws its name in part from a former Red Sox player who has a foul pole made famous for cheap home runs named after him.
Appearance: It had a see-through yellow body with a topping of bubbly white foam.
Smell: Slightly sweet, with crisp light malt on the end.
Taste: Very similar to the smell. It offered a smooth, crisp blend of pale malts, Pilsner yeast, and a light sweetness to create a flavorful yet laid back drinking experience.
Mouthfeel: Light to nearly medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation.
Hype: I like the brewery, but I can’t say there is a whole lot of hype around this particular brew.
Overall: It was fine beer and a solid example of a style perhaps better known for being easy going and approachable as opposed to challenging or overstimulating the palate. It more or less tasted like a good version of your stereotypical beer of yesteryear and honestly there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s a time and place for everything, and I would say this brew’s time and place is outdoors on a nice spring/summer day (hopefully with some baseball).