Hop City Brewing Co. Big Tiki – Blond Ale at 4.5% ABV | 12 IBU

Hop City Brewing Co. Big Tiki Blond Ale at 4.5% ABV | 12 IBU (C$3.66 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, packaged on 2-Mar-2018, acquired 29-Jul-2018, reviewed 2-Aug-2018)

Appearance: clear pink-tinged straw with two fingers of loose off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, minimal soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: sweet artificial tropical fruit, bready yeast, grass, hint of band-aid. (4/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, low bitter, light tart. (5/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, sweet slightly sticky  finish. (3/5)

Yes, I know, it’s a Blond but it’s pink – sunburned, maybe, or embarrassed? Actually, having smelled and tasted it, I’ll go with embarrassed. Take crappy fruit punch, add crappy generic beer, enjoy. Or not, as the case may be. Not much to recommend it, and that’s on what’s nigh-on the hottest day of the year so far. Don’t bother. (10/20)

5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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