It’s 8:35. 10 minutes ago I was slumped on the couch, watching absolutely nothing on TV and slowly falling asleep. Last week when my back was trashed I got into the habit of falling asleep on the couch at 8pm. It is clear that habit is spilling over into this week. Tonight I had to put on my big boy pants and pull my lazy ass off the couch, even if for nothing more than a beer review before crashing at 9.
Last week I received the wonderful surprise of free beer at my doorstep. Thank you Magic Hat! One of the beers they sent my way is this Elder Betty – a pale wheat ale made with elderberries. Sounds unique, so I’m excited to give it a go.
First off, mad props on the label – very cool. On to the pour I got very little head. It smells berrylicious! Taking a sip, the first thing I notice is a stinging carbonation…like soda water or champagne (borderline overkill on the bubbles). In the flavor department the brew blends a ton of fruity with a ton of wheaty. The elderberry comes through well and although sweet, the beer isn’t syrupy nor medicinal.
The over-carbonation definitely took something away here. Other than that, it’s a unique and fairly tasty seasonal offering from Magic Hat.