Is it Spring yet? It was 22 degrees when I woke up this morning. All I can say is: “WTF?” I don’t have much interesting going on, so I’ll cut to the chase. It’s Saturday. It’s Silvio. It’s Silvio Saturday….
Here’s a little fact about me – I love practicing yoga. I’m not a fanatic who bends myself into upside-down headstands in a 100-degree room four times a week, but I always bust out a few poses before going to the gym and try to do a full routine a few times a week. It’s a great all-around way to stay in shape because it strengthens your core, keeps you flexible, and always leaves you in a relaxed mood.
But how is yoga relevant to beer, you may ask? Well, at the end of every routine, yogis say the word “Namaste” to express the peaceful sense they are feeling. You’re supposed to carry that word with you whenever stress rears its’ ugly head. And, Namaste is also the name of the beer I’m reviewing this week, a hybrid summer/white ale from Dogfish Head Brewery.
The pour looks like a typical white ale, high pale yellow color, almost honey-colored, with a nice foam head. There’s a lot of suspended sediment in the brew, which gives it a cloudy thick appearance.
Taste-wise, this an unmistakably citrus beer, and the lemongrass is the dominant flavor across the first sip. It’s got a wheaty base, but unfortunately I didn’t detect the orange or coriander and it falls a little flat through the middle. I got some bitterness toward the end, but it didn’t ruin the brew.
While Namaste didn’t strengthen my core, it and chilled me out and would make for a perfect hot summer day. I’s very light and refreshing, clocking in at a low 5% ABV, and I’d definitely recommend it to yogis and LIBA faithful alike.