I picked up Shelton Brothers Pickled Santa because of the funny name and the label. The bottle displays Santa in a pickle jar: poor guy. When I picked up the beer it did cross my mind that “pickled” could mean that this is going to be a sour beer. I’ve only had one sour beer before, and I absolutely did not like it. I’m due to try another one, so I won’t be disappointed if this beer turns out that way.
The beer is very light colored. Not Coors Lite light…a bit more ambery. Fully translucent. It has a standard amount of head, but really nice lacing. I didn’t snap a picture because the stupid glass I am using has flecks of crap all over it. Our dishwasher sucks, so I usually clean each beer glass by hand before a review. I REALLY need to invest in some beerware which I would wash by hand. I’d love to review barware if some company needs a hand in that department!
The Shelton Brother’s website has some interesting commentary on the Pickled Santa. Specifically, they tout that whole spices are used in the brewing process (vs oils or extracts). Not knowing much about the brewing process, I guess I assumed all beers used whole spices. So there ya go…I just learned something. Unfortunately, my pallet isn’t tuned well enough to understand the difference between whole spices and the alternatives.
The beer DEFINITELY is not a sour. Spices are dominant, but I’m not picking up specific flavors. At 6% ABV, it’s an easy and enjoyable drinker.