Golden Ale/Blond Ale, 5.4% ABV, 30.6 IBU.
Look what I found in my beer cellar, the very first batch from S & M Brewing!
It pours a close to clear, golden body with a rather small, white head that soon reduces to partially covering film. A decent amount of foam still clings to my glass when it’s empty.
The moderate aroma is pleasant, fruity, mellow, well balanced and clean, with nice yeasty notes, light fruit and hints of vanilla. It’s neither revolutionary nor especially exciting, this simply smells like an easy-to-drink session beer.
The flavour is also restrained, but as was the case with the aroma, it’s quite pleasant and clean. I get a generic fruitiness, perhaps with some apples and with a dash of citrus, hops and a gentle backbone of pale malts. The taste is light to moderate sweet, and I’m a bit surprised that the IBU is as high as 30.
It’s rather light-bodied, is has a smooth texture, it’s softly carbonated and it dries up a bit in the finish.
Conclusion: a drinkable, simple and pleasant brew that won’t make anyone feel ecstatic.
Aroma: 6/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 6/10 Palate: 4/5 Overall: 12/20 Ratebeer score: 3.2/5.0