In the spirit of beer being the beverage of the everyday man (and woman), we present Musical Cheers, a column that puts real beer in the hands of real people. Musical Cheers is guest authored by a revolving selection of friends and columnists with tastes as varied as the beers they review.
Guest reviewer name/occupation:
Andrew Kruse-Ross, editor, writer
Currently listening to: Anything by Hotel Neon
Currently reading: BolaÃ±o's “Last Evening's on Earth" and soon the third “My Struggle" book by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Favorite Britcom: “Fawlty Towers"
Preferred Blue Collar Brews:
Stroh's, Corona, PacÃfico, Miller High Life
Preferred White Collar Brews:
Chimay PremiÃ¨re Ale (red), Leffe (brown), Grolsch, Guinness, Bell's Two Hearted Ale
Name of beer reviewing: Little Soldier by Ahnapee Brewery
Type of beer: American Amber Ale
ABV: 5.5 percent
Pre-tasting: Packaging by craft brew standards doesn't stand out much. The white bottle caps are a bit meh, but let's face it; things have gotten a little crazy with beer packaging. I was searching out for something in the vein of an original Samuel Adams, but with more to offer. Upon opening this, there's a nice beery nose, imagine that. Balanced and malty, nothing unusual or off-putting. Is a deep caramel/amber color in the glass. Pretty. The head is a little lackluster.
Post-tasting: Very nice. Full-bodied feel and rich but very smooth. No lingering weirdness, but definitely the sort of thing I was looking for. Rich without overpowering hoppy-ness, but with some subtle complexities. I reserve the citrusy IPAs for summer; this is a nice post- or pre-summer changeup. I was a bit concerned it might finish weak, but it hasn't, nor has it left a pinecone in my throat – again, smooth, even more so when on tap, (I'd give it another half point if scoring on tap). Try it at your next Meyer Theatre visit.
You'll like this beer if: You're looking for drinkable (more than one) craft brew that's a step up from the macros and prefer a balanced beverage. This one will sit well next to a great steak or burger topped with caramelized onions.
You'll dislike this beer if: To each their own, right? The balance of flavors in this one that makes it inoffensive may be too tame for the avid craft beer aficionado. This one is pretty smooth and some may find that dull.
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