Once you’ve reviewed 1000 beers or so, there are few surprises when it comes to tasting beer. Tonight, I was. The beer in my hand was Castle Island Jetty. It’s a 4.0% ABV, dry hopped, sour ale, with coriander. So let me get this straight – dry hopped (hoppy), sour (tart), and coriander (spicy)? If this doesn’t scream gimmick beer, nothing does.
It only took one sip to realize the guys at Castle Island did a decent job with the beer. Somehow, all these flavors play together well! It’s unlike anything I’ve had before. Sour flavor hits first, and quickly mixes with subtle hops. The coriander is lost in the mix for me. I expect that this beer will garner a love-hate type relationship with most. If you’re looking for something WAY different, give this one a go.