What did I unwrap today?
Mountain Goat Summer Ale
Blonde Ale/Summer Ale, 4.7%
Sitting here typing this review, I am in a bit of a quandry about what I have just unwrapped as my 15th beer this Xmas!
On one hand, I am stoked to have unwrapped another canned craft beer…keep them coming craft brewers. On the other hand, I am disappointed in unwrapping another beer (felt the same about S&W) that I have drunk to death (and loved, by the way)…I want to experience something new or different with my advent calendar.
This beer has been doing the rounds since Summer 2013/14 and has been trying to capture it’s fair share of entry level craft drinkers, craft drinkers who want to drink something light and refreshing, and any beer lover who wants the convenience of drinking non-mega-swill beer in a can! It has been doing a great job in terms of sales and probably helped the owners of Mountain Goat secure a very nice pay day recently…keep it up Summer Ale!
My thoughts on the beer
Never tried this beer? Really? Well in that case, this is what you are missing out on…
A very light coloured pour, as light as…well, why don’t I try and educate you a bit in this post and tell you about the EBC scale for beer colouring. Beers are measured on 3 mian things, Bitterness Units (IBU), Alcohol By Volume (ABV), and colour on the European Brewery Convention (EBC) scale seen to the right here. The Mountain Goat Summer Ale comes in at 7EBC which, as you can see, is very light.
With aromas of passionfruit, citrus and pineapple, this beer is a delight for your senses. The taste has a bit of fruit zing about it, but it’s all about the aroma for me on this one. A light, dry, barely bitter finish and you have yourself a very quaffable beer for your summer (or all year round) enjoyment!
What food would go with this beer
At the risk of sounding like an uneducated buffoon, this is a bit of a session beer in my opinion so there is no need to pair it with something fancy. Although, if I was to pair it up with something more substantial, it would be with something light like chicken or fish.
On this occasion though, I am going to tell you just to grab a cold six pack and a bag of your favourite beer snacks, whatever they be, and sit down and have a bit of “me” time with this nicely quaffable brew. The beach, at the cricket, watching your favourite sport on TV, or just chilling out in a quiet place…this is the beer to accompany you!
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Cheers to Xmas Beers!