This is the latest in the Keith’s hop series. The first three have been hit, miss, kinda good and re-evaluated miss (Cascade now isn’t what it was last summer). Mark had this a few weeks ago and gave it a ‘meh’. He says that this whole line has become boring and isn’t excited anymore.
Me, on the other hand, love that they are trying new things. It give me the chance to taste the different characteristics of hops. A lot of beers have more than one, so it’s hard to say “oh, I like this hop” or “those blank hops really make that beer good”. I’m not a brewer, I have no idea what they taste like other than beer. When brewers do things like this (and Keith’s is not alone) it educates us on how changing one ingredient changes the beer.
Now that that is over, let’s look at the beer. I had this with some spicy quesadillas. It poured out a dark amber colour and had a tiny yellow head on it. It smelled like a mild IPA with subtle sweetness and just a hint of spicy, bitter hops.
The can said that I would taste tangerines and black tea, so that was already in my head when I tried it. Tangerine, I didn’t get, but black tea, holy crap! That you could taste. It was slightly bitter and there was only a little hop bite on the booty, but the after taste was all tea. It was kinda amazing.
This is the first Keith’s in a long time that I was actually excited to finish. As long as they don’t “change” the formula, I’ll grab more of these.
What’s next, Keith’s?
Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 5.5%
Vessel: Glass by way of can