Rainbow Lazer Lavender Blonde: A REVIEW.
Okay people. I brewed this lavender blonde ale on 15 Oct 2012, bottled it on 21 Oct 2012, and first opened it on 26 Oct 2012. A LITTLE EARLY… but necessary. (Cindy and I were hosting a beer tasting of our tea infused brews on 26 Oct 2012 at Kaleisia Tea Lounge in Tampa, FL, and I waited a little late to brew the beer… which meant we had to open it before it was done conditioning).
When we first opened it at the beer tasting, it was a little wild. Hadn’t bottle conditioned long enough, so the flavors hadn’t had the full amount of time to mellow out (specifically the lavender). Also, the mouthfeel was a little rough.
This afternoon, however, I’m hoping that will have changed.
LET US BEGIN:
Well look at the pictures! It is beautiful (both the beer AND the ridiculous label). The head is quite fluffy, with excellent retention. I poured it about five or seven minutes ago (which is when I took the picture), and I am still seeing a nice layer of foamy bubbles on the top. The color is a nice medium caramel, cloudy but not sediment-y, and golden hues around the edges and bottom when you hold it up to the light.
I added some centennial hops in at the zero minute mark of the boil, and boy can I smell them. I also majorly get the lavender smell. Hits you up front. Smells delish. Nothing smells off. Which mostly just means everything was cleaned properly when I was brewing. SCORE.
This beer has mellowed right the fuck out and is now *quite glorious.* Like I mentioned before, when we first opened it on 26 Oct, it was not fully bottle conditioned. Today, however, it tastes a little bit like heaven. Like a sexy angel’s breast. (What?!) Okay when we first popped the top off and drank it, we got hit with those centennial hops right up front and then the lavender came flooding in and actually masked any of that initial hop flavor. It was a little rough. Now, though, these flavors have melded together and work gloriously well with one another. The sequence of flavors has, in fact, flipped. I taste the lavender up front, and if I put the glass down and close my eyes for a second, the centennial hops come right through at the end and sweetly dance on the back of my tongue. Really wonderful.
Guys, this is actually the taste I was going for. I am really super thrilled with this. About a year ago, I had The Bruery’s Orchard White ale, which was a white beer brewed with lavender as well as a couple of other herbs. It blew me right away. (You can find my review of it here: http://beerwedrank.tumblr.com/post/16066330957/beer-orchard-white-brewer-the-bruery. Anyway, ever since I had The Bruery’s ale brewed with lavender, I have wanted to recreate that flavor somehow. I am really, really happy with how this has turned out — definitely in the same vein as The Bruery’s creation, but unique! My own creation.
A lot of what I said in the review for the Orchard White stands true for the Rainbow Lazer. It smells and tastes light and perfume-y, which is a result of the lavender. I think it lends it a delicate scent and flavor.
Twenty times better than when we first opened in on the 26th. Much more mellow. Nice and full bodied mouthfeel, but all that roughness has calmed down with another week of bottle conditioning. Perfect.
Guys I could drink 3 Orchard Whites in and evening, and I could drink 3 Rainbow Lazers in an evening, too. But I wouldn’t want to spend a whole evening drinking this; I would prefer to sit on my back porch on a sunny Florida autumn afternoon, sipping it from a chilled pilsner glass and contemplating the nature of space and time. Which is exactly what I’m doing.
What I’m saying is that this is totally drinkable. Goes down easy and induces philosophical thought, good feelings, and deep breathing.
A note: Now that I am halfway through this beer, I get to see what sort of lacing it leaves around the inside of the glass. It is really quite nice. Not anything crazy, just a scant tracing of bubbles. Very pretty.
Cheers y’all. To drinking whatever tastes good to you.