Central City Brewers + Distillers / YellowBelly Brewery Across the Nation Collaboration: Me Ol’ Trout – Cream Ale at 5.2% ABV | 20 IBU

Central City Brewers + Distillers / YellowBelly Brewery Across the Nation Collaboration: Me Ol’ Trout Cream Ale at 5.2% ABV | 20 IBU (C$2.47 at NLC Stavanger, 355 ml, packaged on 21-Mar-2018, acquired 13-Jul-2018, reviewed 3-Aug-2018)

Appearance: clear straw with one fat finger of loose white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim and ring, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: citrus, berry, tropical fruit, melon, light grass. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, crisp mildly bitter finish. (3/5)

I had this, or something highly similar, back in May, but as far as I can remember it wasn’t labelled as a collaboration. Plus, it was 4.8% ABV, not 5.2%, so I’m not quite sure what they did here – possibly their own version following or concurrent with the collaboration? Will have to ask Liam next time I see him. In any case, I think my biggest complaint here – other than the dismal retention and lacing – is the fact that it’s not really a Cream Ale at all, but would make quite a serviceable APA or S/IPA. Quite good, but nothing like the style it purports to be. (15/20)

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