Today we get a guest review from Mike the beer nerd. He gives himself a pretty good intro, so I’ll let him do the honors…
I guess I’ll preface with telling you that this is my first blog post or “real” beer review I’ve ever done. I’ve been a passionate craft beer drinker ever since the first Allagash White hit my lips a few years ago (Once it hits your lips, it’s so good! Sorry, obscure reference to Old School). I quit cold turkey on the macros then and there and never looked back.
As much as I love all craft beer, I do have to say when I go beer shopping I typically find myself pulling ales from the shelf more so than lagers. However, when I stumbled across a lager from Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, I knew I had to give it a shot…I mean up until this point there hadn’t been a Pretty Beer I didn’t love…everything from their flagship Jack D’Or to Saint Botolph’s Town, Baby Tree and Fluffy White Rabbits is great. And let me tell you, this did not disappoint. Pretty Things describes this as a beer to put it in your coolers, your picnic baskets… your saddlebags. Take it to family reunions and pie eating contests, parades, beaches, fancy mustache conventions, wherever good summer fun happens! I completely agree with the exception of fancy mustache conventions…the ones I attend are typically in the spring not summer. I could see myself going through these pretty quickly throughout the summer which could be dangerous at 7% abv!
American Darling is a pale lager that Pretty Things brews for the summer season. I picked up a bomber of Batch Two bottled in June 2010 and poured it into a pilsner glass. It poured a crystal clear, gold color with a fluffy white head…the head of the beer retained itself through its entirety and left that lacey look on the glass (I love that!). There were lots of bubbles rising when looking through the beer and it had a typical pale lager/pilsner type of smell, hints of some lemongrass but nothing spectacular. I took a sip and was suddenly surprised and tried to think of why it was I tend to shy away from lagers. I couldn’t remember the last time I had a lager with such a great light and crisp taste this satisfying. It had a little sweetness, dryness and bitterness but was all very well balanced with the high alcohol content …you really wouldn’t guess this beer is at 7%.
American Darling is a nice hoppy lager and I recommend it as a refreshing beverage during these hot summer days*(just make note of the asterisk as a disclaimer of the high ABV so I wouldn’t advise associating this beer with mowing a lawn like you may think the label suggests). I definitely urge you to check out some of the other Pretty Beers they have to offer. Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project really is a hidden gem among some of the other great breweries in New England.