The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Port Brewing Co's Summer Pale Ale
October 03, 2019
Port Brewing Co - Summer Pale Ale
Friday means end of the working week for me, and to be fair it was a pretty good day at work doing some creative marketing in front of the screen. Had no idea what to pick as the big pressure Friday beer, so Davin stepped in with his expertise and chose this beaut.
The can's design isn't particularly jazzy or groundbreaking, but the solid blue colour on a 440ml can does catch the eye enough. The opaque table and chairs in the desert is a nice touch though. So, a step back tonight with a terrible can opening and extra frothing, but that serves me right with too much arrogance I think.
The initial smell that came out was very light and airy with feint citrusy tones and a bit of hoppy juicyness. Then the taste...more of the same to be honest, but a real hoppy hit with that sour citrus background until the end. The clues you get from the smell and the actual swig are surprisingly different and can catch you a bit off guard. There's a lot more quietness initially before the power of the hops and sour tropical traces factor in with that full taste.
Nice drink, but personally the balance isn't quite there for my tastes, and not quiet enough of a flavour rush. It's a powerful hoppy and sour drink though, so if that's your thing then give it a try.