is a brewery known for making beers that defy style categories, but
usually those are big, multifaceted brews. In the case of their newly
re-branded “Slingshot American Craft Lager” (formerly known as “David’s
Slingshot”), they’re blurring the line between premium lager and IPL. I
suppose if there were a lager equivalent of a pale ale that’s how you’d
classify this. Disirregardless, this is a more-than-solid lager with a
fairly complex palette, a good dosing of hops, and easy drinkability.
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Shmaltz tasting room sampler
glass. It was bottled on 3/30/15 and a six-pack cost $10 ($1.67 per
bottle or $0.14 per ounce).
Appearance: Pure golden color, slightly pale. Near crystal clarity with
visible carbonation. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which laces and
retains fairly well.
Smell: Clean, light citrusy aroma (especially lemon); slightly spicy or herbal. No lager scent; all hops.
Taste: If you were drinking this blind it’d be easy to mistake it for a
session IPA or a pale ale. Hops are at the center of attention here:
citrusy and fruity at first (lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine) but
quickly take on a spicy/herbal sensation. It’s reminiscent of an Old
World-style pilsner. There’s mild malty sweetness but it’s not a malty
lager by any means. I do enjoy the spicy flavor imparted by the rye and
Noble hops with the wheat giving it a slightly starchy, cracker-like
character. A faint bitter bite as it goes down, but it’s also
accompanied by even more genuine hop flavor. A well-balanced brew to be
sure and impressive palette for a lager. Probably an ideal transition
beer for craft beer newbies, too.
Drinkability: The thing about lagers is that they should be crisp and
quaffable and that’s what He’Brew Slingshot American Craft Lager is. The
body is light-to-medium with a refreshing quality while in the mouth.
It finishes quite clean with just a slightly dry aftertaste. At 5.3% ABV
(formerly 5.5%) it’s certainly tempting to session this brew
(especially in the summer). Now if only this beer were available in