I’m back folks. My absence was due to being ridiculously sick. Six days with a fever above 100 (one day topping out at 103.6). And this dummy never went to the doctor, a mistake that shall not be repeated. In any event, I have revived most of my tasting capacity and I’m ready to get back to beer!
Tonight’s beverage is a collaboration between Maui and Jolly Pumpkin called Sobrehumano Palena’ole. I picked this up in a gift pack (not pictured), which included the tasting glass, two cans of the Palena’ole and a bomber a soured and barrel aged version of the beer. Look for a review of the latter tomorrow.
The canned variety opened with a loud pop, following by me running to the kitchen (gusher). This shouldn’t have surprised me; the first can from the gift set exploded on the car ride home. Not cool for a $30 investment. Also not-cool for my car interior which I had to get shampooed.
Taking one sip I can immediately tell that the vehicular born explosion and this evenings rush to the kitchen sink were both related to the obscene amount of carbonation this beer has. I’m positive I’ve never seen this much bubbly in a beer before; upon touching your lips, there is a stinging sensation. I can’t say it’s becoming.
Trying to put my soiled car interior and my irritated lips aside, I’d like to focus on the flavor. It’s brewed with cherries, and I do pick up fruity sweetness. There’s a hint of tartness as well, which begins to make the beer interesting. Unfortunately, the overwhelming carbonation takes over and everything else is quickly forgotten.
I’m REALLY hoping the Jolly pumpkin aged bomber version is better…