NOTE: Since this is merely a re-packaging of Slingshot Lager, I’m going to use my review of that beer for this.
I poured a 22oz bottle into the official King Kirby shaker glass. There
was no freshness date. It cost $4 at the taproom ($0.18 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 King Kirby 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
it’s certainly tempting to session this brew (especially in the summer).
Now if only this beer were available in cans!