Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays! International Beer Gift

Happy Winter Celebrations! I hope you have all gotten to indulge in your favorite holiday treats this year. I got this "Beer of the World" 10 pack as a gift from 2 dear friends. Yay! It's nice when people know what I like. A couple of German beers, a couple of British beers, my dad went right for the Mexican craft beer (in a can!) and I chose to first indulge on a beer from Sri Lanka and another from Australia.Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner - a product of Sri Lanka with 8.8% alcohol by volume. It poured a mighty orange, much like the lion on its label, with a small sudsy white head. The smell was mild - faintly sweet malts and grassy hops. The taste was again mild - a bit of apple, grassy hops, and sweet malts. The alcohol was just slightly noticeable. It was smooth, mellow, light, and crisp. Not offensive, but not super flavorful. Fairly well-balanced. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again, but was happy to get to try something new. B-

James Boag's Premium Lager states to be "Tasmania's Finest Since 1881." It poured like clear apple juice, with lots of rapid carbonation, and a huge fluffy head. Very mild nose, just vague sweetness. The taste, again, was extremely mild. A little tart apple, a little bitter/metallic taste, and a little bit of grass. Light, smooth, pleasant enough, but not enough flavor or substance to make it stand out. C