Monday, July 27, 2015

Arcadia Whitsun

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1416) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2015
I’ve never been a fan of pale wheat ales because they tend to be pretty bland and boring. That’s understandable for a fairly light beer with a simple palette. But in the case of Arcadia Whitsun it’s a beer that should rather complex considering its ingredients and potency. This is disappointing. 

I poured a 12oz can into a weizen glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark orange hue; very cloudy but carbonation can be seen rising quickly within. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which quickly and completely evaporates without any lacing.

Smell: Very mild orange juice smell. No yeast esters or spices.

Taste: There’s a difference between bad and boring and this beer is a good example of the latter. There’s nothing inherently off about this palette, but there’s an obvious lack of appeal. This tastes like a homebrew extract kit: direct, simple and a bit twangy. I do not pick up on the coriander supposedly contained within but I do get some orange flavor on the back end. Though it’s actually a bit of a juicy flavor rather than orangepeel spice. This beer is not particularly sweet despite the use of honey (which I’m sure was mostly gobbled up by the yeast to boost the ABV and does little for the taste). No hop bitterness or flavor to speak of nor malt distinctiveness for that matter. Shrug.

Drinkability: I was surprised to see 6.2% ABV on the label. This is clearly a summer seasonal – why such a high alcohol content? For that weight, I want way more complexity than what I’m getting here. And the delivery itself is underwhelming: tepid body from beginning to end with a bit of a watery sensation and texture. For such relatively low alcohol, I can actually taste it and feel a warming sensation. This is not my idea of a summer beer.

Score: 4/10

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