Beer: Apricot Wheat
Brewery: Ithaca Beer Company
Location: Ithaca, NY
In Three Words: sweet, light, fizzy
I was so tempted to put “sassy” as one of the adjectives above. Held myself back because this beer is already so sweet; it’s what some jerks may call a “girly” beer, or what the people at Arrogant Bastard might say is a “fizzy yellow beer” (I mean, just look at the verify your age page of their website). But guess what? It is delicious. And with summer months, humidity and my general uncomfortableness approaching, I am all for this refreshing slice of apricot heaven.
I think any fruit beer than manages to taste like the fruit they are named after and not a soda is an achievement. I am a big fan of fruit beers, but some of them (cough Shock Top raspberry wheat) (sorry, caught something in my throat) just end up being saccharine and hard to swallow. For some people this may be a dream come true: get drunk and feel like all you’re drinking is soda. For other people, this isn’t quite the point of beer. I am of the latter.
Ithaca’s Apricot Wheat tastes like a beer. It has hints of bitterness and wheat. On top of that is a light apricot flavor that just grazes the palate. Enough to balance out the flavors and create a unique blend of all of them. It is fizzy without making me feel like I am drinking a glass of champagne.
It is a very light beer. If you are looking for strong, bold, intense beers that will make you feel like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (minus the sexsist tendencies) this isn’t the beer for you. But I was kind of hoping you might guess that from the name of the beer.
I like this beer. I like that it does what it sets out to do. It is delicious, refreshing and not too sweet. Grab me another six pack. Yum.