Sunday, May 24, 2015

Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1355) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Authentic pilsners are quickly becoming some of my favorite beers to drink. It’s hard to believe beers of this general style have been around for centuries. It’s not surprising that American brewers would make minor, but noticeable changes such as Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils which appears to be brewed with both German and American hops as well as a little rye. Spicy and bitter for sure, but still flavorful and interesting as well as crisp and refreshing.

I poured a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. It was canned on 4/6/15 and cost $2 ($0.17 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful pure golden color with crystal clarity and visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.

Smell: One of the most aromatic pilsner I’ve encountered. Strong spicy aroma from, presumably Noble hops as well as some citrus character from American hops.

Taste: You know you’re drinking a good pilsner when the flavor jumps out at you immediately. In the case of this beer it’s a strong spicy/bitter sensation, akin to rye or maybe just a lot of Noble hops (which tend to be quite spicy). Lot of pale malt base here, but with a little more nuance and character than your average pilsner (macro, craft or otherwise). Strong spicy flavor on the back end that seems to light up the palate as it goes down. A hint of lemon or other citrus/fruity flavor emerges briefly on the finish, but eventually fades away to a dry, rye bread-like taste. Overall, one of the most unique and interesting American pilsners I can recall having.

Drinkability: I’m glad this beer is available in cans, because its palette lends itself to the container. The mouthfeel is light, but in no way “thin” or watery. Plenty of carbonation, but always contained. Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils is refreshing while in the mouth, though I would probably prefer a cleaner aftertaste. At 5% ABV it rides the fence as far as being a session beer (though I could see it easily working as such in the summer).

Score: 9/10

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