Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Burnside Brewing Company - Lime Kölsch

You should be (lime) green with envy...
The summer heat continues grinding down the unairconditioned masses of Portland and everyone just wants some relief. Gratefully, the local craft brewers are totally and harmoniously in tune with the desires of the denizens of Stumptown. We're talking refreshing summer seasonals, folks, and I think I've found my new favorite.

Burnside Brewing Company's Lime Kölsch is brewed with lime zest, kaffir lime leaves (Did you know the word "kaffir" is considered offensive to people of color is some parts of the world? Well, it is.) and lemongrass. The beer comes with an ABV of 5.4%.

The beer poured from bomber into pint glass a hazy, golden yellow color with a bright, white head. The head rose up more than a finger high and dissipated at a moderate rate. Spots of thin, webby lacing were left behind. A good amount of pinpoint carbonation was seen rising from the bottom of the glass throughout the entire drink.

Aroma was lime and mild, grassy hops. Smell of lemongrass and other herbal notes in the background.

Taste was followed the nose and was certainly true to the name and description of this brew. Lime and more lime, but without tasting fake--no Starburst taste to this one. Fresh, clean citrus. Light, sweet, biscuity malt was not lost in the mix, in spite of the very prominent lime flavor. Nice!

Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Crisp, clean and refreshing with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, this beer is a great summer heat buster. Cuts right through the dusty crud at the back of your throat. Perfect brew for manning the BBQ grill. I like it! I'm giving Lime Kölsch a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.


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