Shmaltz Brewing Company Symbiosis Star Trek The Next Generation 30th Anniversary Ale – American Pale Wheat Ale at 5.5% ABV

Shmaltz Brewing Company Symbiosis Star Trek The Next Generation 30th Anniversary Ale American Pale Wheat Ale at 5.5% ABV (C$4.70 at Quarry Park Calgary Co-Op, 355 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 17-Nov-2017, reviewed 28-Nov-2017)

Appearance: clear pale gold with one fat finger of fluffy white head, good retention and minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: mild, citrus, herbal, grass, caramel. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

Another underwhelming offering from the Federation of Beer licensing lineup. You’d think I’d’ve learned my lesson by now, but apparently not. In this case, the fact that it was Shmaltz was enough to push me over the edge and buy it – in a four-pack, no less! – but I think that’s now pretty much exhausted my patience with the marketing. As far as the beer goes, not a lot to say: middle-of-the-road, verging on mediocre, with a fairly undifferentiated hop profile and a slightly astringent, tea-like finish. (And is anybody else shocked that TNG is 30 years old?) (13/20)

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