Friday, March 2, 2012
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
One particularly important thing for any beer drinker to know is that there are only four required ingredients to your masterpiece brew: barley malts, hops, yeast, and water. Any variations or additions thereof, though making for a wonderful and flavorful variety of brews to choose from that I personally fully endorse, is technically superfluous. However, there are some times when you just want it simple, crisp, and just tasting like... beer.
Enter Scrimshaw Pilsner. This lovely number is a simple, wonderful 4.4% ABV pils that, according to their website, is made from Munich Malts, Hallertauer and Tettnang hops, and an undisclosed yeast strain; which is absolutely fine because the yeast is not the star of this particular brew anywho. A warning, however, this is one of those with the yeast in the bottle. Common? Absolutely. Annoying, kinda. However, the taste makes up for any inconvenience. Besides, it's not like you can drink just one anyway. I mean, it comes in a six pack, who can't have at least three at a time?
Ahem. Onto the taste.
This lovely pils has a light body, and though I did say that the yeast is not the star, it was definitely present here amongst the sweet, subtle malts and citrusy hops. It definitely has a sharpness to it, but the crispness makes it worth it, with a barely there aftertaste as it slides down your throat quite easily. What is truely great about this beer, though, is how refreshing it is, and honestly refreshing, not just "as refreshing as beer gets." It's thirst quenching. It made me want to watch those Corona commercials where they're on the beach, burst in like the Kool-Aid man, and put these in their hands instead- this is a perfect summer ale and, if I do say so myself, a perfect gateway into the world of craft beer.
I mean, I started with Young's, but still. You know what I mean. Knock it back and enjoy. Happy beering!