Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Natty Daddy

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1055) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2014
I poured a 25oz can into a large mug. It was canned on 12/2/13 and cost $0.97 ($0.04 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright yellow hue, crystal clear with plenty of effervescence visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which quickly fizzles away and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Virtually odorless. Faint aroma of generic adjunct lager, but nothing repulsive.

Taste: Malt liquors are a fickle bunch. Drank cold out of the fridge they tend to be bland and inoffensive, but once they warm their ugly side comes out. Which is the true character of the beer? Since most people who drink beers like Natty Daddy aren’t sipping on them like a barleywine, I’m going to opt for the cold flavor profile.

Not that is much of a profile anyway. This brew is bland and virtually flavorless. It does have the generic and familiar adjunct macro lager character to it in that it’s light-tasting with no discernible malt character and absolutely nothing in the way of hops. Some corn flavor is noticeable, along with some metallic-like flavor on the finish, though this is par for the course. Otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be any of the usual suspects like acetaldehyde or DMS. Not even the alcohol is noticeable. This is actually not that bad of a beer, but simply being bland is not attribute.

Drinkability: I was a little nervous going into Natty Daddy as the 8% ABV on the label is usually an indicator of something foul. Yet, this beer drinks and feels as light as any regular macro lager. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp and finishes almost completely clean. There is no warmth from the booze at all. I wouldn’t call it refreshing, but I have to admit it’s quite drinkable for what it is. 
Grade: 3/10