Saturday, July 18, 2015

Half Full Bright Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1403) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Blonde ales tend to be some of the most boring beers ever since they’re deliberately mild. In the case of Half Full Bright Ale it’s probably better considered a standard American pale ale even though it claims to be a hybrid of those two styles. Plenty hoppy for a light pale ale, though not much in the way of malty distinctiveness or other refined character. 

I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright yellow hue over a fairly hazy body. Fine carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Grapefruit flesh and peel. Light floral scent.

Taste: The palette here is pretty simple: grapefruit hop flavor from beginning to end. Light dry bitterness up front with a bit of a juicy taste through the middle and a pretty mild, clean finish. There isn’t much more to it than that; though what’s here is at least pretty delectable and interesting. It’s not sweet, nor does any particular malt (base or specialty) stand out (though that would’ve been nice). The hop flavor and IBUs are at a nice level so as to give the beer some bite, but still mild enough to not be intimidating. This would be a good transition brew for macro lager drinkers.

Drinkability: As far as I can tell, Half Full Bright Ale isn’t a summer seasonal, but it can be drank as such. The body is light and the beer is refreshing in the mouth despite the hop presence. I am surprised it’s 5.2% ABV as it drinks like a much lighter brew so it seems rather inefficient to me. Good to drink in the summer, though probably not ideal for sessioning.

Score: 6/10

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