Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Beer pick of the week: Full Sail LTD No. 3

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Full Sail Brewing

Hood River, OR

5.6% ABV

This month's beer picks will lean toward the lighter side of the spectrum to guide you through the dog days of summer.

Full Sail's LTD series has included a bock and an amber ale, and the third offering is a German-style pilsner, perfect for summer quaffing. This is a simple concoction of two-row pale malts and Sterling hops that plays on, but does not copy, the classic German pilsner. It pours a clear gold with a frothy, off-white head that clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is full of earthy grain and floral hops with a hint of spice. Cereal graininess rides over the mildly soapy, grassy hops, but the finish is clean and satisfying. The body is medium-light, with a bit of slickness and a pleasant tingle of carbonation. Great right out of the bottle and reasonably priced, this is a fine choice for toting to a backyard barbeque or house party where tolerance for biting hop bitterness might be low.

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