Picked up this red ale on the recommendation of a friend; a friend with great taste in beer (you know who you are).
“Better run through the jungle (do-do do-do-do-do)” – CCR
I’ve had a few Persephone brews before, in fact, I just reviewed their seasonal wet hop beers. Aside from the not-fantastic labelling, they are a great brewery, and I haven’t had a bad beer by them. They touch on many different styles and actually have multiple types of Pilsner, which I found interesting (and delicious).
This one pours a cloudy mahogany with a full 3 fingers of fluffy tan foam, the type that slowly settles in to a strange looking blob creature.
The smells are powerful citrus fruits, light pine notes, and a hint of toffee. It’s a strong but pleasant aroma.
The taste is very mild compared to the nose. I get caramel, walnuts, brown sugar, citrus fruits, and aromatic floral hops. The sweet nutty malt flavors match up well with the citrus and floral hops, a very nicely balanced brew. I’m not disappointed that there apparently is no rum taste here; I hate rum. My brother did not share my sentiment; he loves rum.
The mouthfeel is smooth, but kind of watery. It doesn’t seem to have the legs or weight of the average ale. Good amount of carbonation.
4/5 Very nice, a more malt-end ale with good use of hopping. Deep, rich flavors, this is one I’ll be back for again. Could be a bit heavier, but it doesn’t ruin the experience.
“Whoa don’t, look back to see
*epic harmonica playing*” – CCR