Monday, April 16, 2012

First Pull IPA (Brainerd Lake Beer, Brainerd, MN)

Picked up a new brewery at MGM after a grocery run.  Brainerd Lakes Beer is clearly going for an up Nort' feel with lakes inspired names.  First Pull refers to the sweet feeling of an outboard starting in one shot.  While I understand the metaphor, it's not an association I identify with strongly.

Excited to try a new brewery, but that didn't last long unfortunately.  Amber ale with golden highlights looks great in the class with a fluffy white head that falls to a heavy lace.  Citrus and heavy metallic over a sweet malt that isn't inviting.  Body is thin with an unpleasant twang from more than the hop bite.

While it's easy to root for a new brewery, this beer stalled in the glass.  Hopefully, I'll get a chance to try the beer at a festival or on site in the future to give it another chance.

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