THE BEER: Unshadowed from Ale Asylum.
THE PLACE: The scenic splendor of Ale Asylum itself. Lovely place, this brewery.
WHAT IS IT? A hefeweizen, which is an unfiltered wheat beer. It’s a cloudy, bright yellow beer. Previously known as “Hatha-Weizen,” it’s been around since 2006.
YOU DON’T LIKE WHEAT BEERS. Normally no, I don’t. Though many people are big fans, I find the flavors of many wheat beers to be reminiscent of Circus Peanuts. And I hate Circus Peanuts. This beer, however, is much different.
HOW SO? Though there is some spicy clove aroma, it’s not overwhelming. And I’m not getting that weird banana flavor that marks the wheat beers I generally dislike. It’s got a nice refreshing flavor. Perfect for a summer day. Or a 50 degree April afternoon. Whichever.
SO YOU’D DRINK ANOTHER. I would. And at 5.5% ABV, I think I well might. Probably safer than diving into Ale Asylum’s Bedlam (Belgian IPA, 7.5% ABV), Ballistics (IPA, 7.5%), or Happy Ending (Belgian abbey, 7.7%). I’m pacing myself, after all.
DEEP THOUGHTS: I’ve been consuming a steady stream of aggressive IPAs to get me though this endless winter, so a solid wheat beer is a fine change of pace. It’s a ray of sunshine breaking through a dark and depressing winter. Poetic, no?
NO. Shut up.