Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH Columbus 1492 – American Pale Ale at 4.7% ABV | 25 IBU

Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH Columbus 1492 American Pale Ale at 4.7% ABV | 25 IBU (C$3.19 at NLC Stavanger, 330 ml, best before 10-May-2018, acquired 6-Nov-2017, reviewed 7-Nov-2017)

Appearance: slightly chill hazed pale gold with one finger of creamy white head that retains well, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: grapefruit, tropical fruit, hint of onion/catty. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry short duration finish. (4/5)

This might be the best Stiegl beer I’ve had – fairly clean, easy-drinking, and refreshing. I’m assuming, given the name, that Columbus was the primary hop, but can’t find any confirmation that it’s a single-hop. Definite American-style hopping provides grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas, with a not-inappropriate hint of onion or cattiness that suggests something in addition to Columbus hops were used – maybe some Citra or Simcoe? Either way, definitely a decent interpretation of an American style by an Austrian brewery. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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