Mmmm… Toasty!

toasted-lager.jpgYou have to love Fresh Direct. They’ve become a surprising source of micro-brews for me. And living on a 5th floor walk up, those delivery guys are heaven sent. I came across Blue Point Brewery’s Toasted Lager on their site and ordered me up a sixer. I wasn’t disappointed. I felt like this beer was incredibly fresh and easy to drink. I believe this will be the first of many samplings of Blue Point’s brews.
Appearance: Pours a nice dark orange with a good 1/2 – 3/4″ off-white head. The body is crystal clear. There’s a nice bit of lacing as well.
Aroma: The aroma on this beer really reflects the style. Lots of toasted malts, a little bit of grain or corn-type smell, and rich and nutty. There’s a bit of sweetness from the hops, but not too much, as well as a good deep breadiness.
Taste: Taste reflects scent in this beer. There’s a bit of hoppy bitterness right up front, but it’s immediately rounded out by the toasted malts and nutty flavor. There’s a yummy bread/yeast flavor that lingers briefly after tasting. I love that really rich yeast flavor – like the middle of a freshly baked loaf of bread. Delish!
Mouthfeel: Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation, this beer is very easy to drink. It’s not overly filling and would be great as a session beer. Pick this one up for your next get together and it’s sure to please the whole crowd.

The Facts:
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: 28
Original Gravity: 1.054

Local Flavor

Brooklyn Brewery LagerBrooklyn Brewery makes one of my favorite lagers. I have to confess that my favorite beers are ales and stouts. But this lager took me by surprise the first time I tried it, perhaps because it so closely resembles an ale. Upon pouring, the Brooklyn Lager gets a nice head on it, about 1/2 inch, that fades into a yeasty lace on top. This lager has a nice dark golden color, and light hoppy floral/citrus smell. Upon tasting, the beer has a very pleasant amount of hoppiness and light citrus flavor and is a little fizzy going down but leaves a nice malt flavor aftertaste. For a beer that Brooklyn Brewery describes simply as “brewed only with malted barley, hops, water and yeast”, those four ingredients truly show the magic behind beer.

The Facts:
ABV 5.2%
Original Gravity 13.2