Thursday, January 10, 2013

January 10: Trevor in the Tank

I'm in love.  It's official.  Didn't see this one coming....

I woke up this morning to a normal, below freezing, Minnesota day.  Then things got weird...the sun came out...the temperature rose to 45 degrees, and it rained.  Dazed, I returned home and opened the next beer on my list, the infamous Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Company.  

Boulevard's Smokestack Series is the stuff of legend, and Tank 7 absolutely reveled in the experience of being poured into her own glass.  The meringue head rose a solid 3 fingers, standing well above the tulip's rim, and lingered through the final sip (a good 20 minutes).  The beer absolutely glows as it pours a brilliant gold, and the effervescence is immediately evident, practically bursting from the bottom of the glass.
The nose is sweet tropical fruit, and the initial sip brings white pepper and a tantalizing barnyard funky tartness (not a cool medina.  sorry Tone Loc...).  The mouthfeel is absolutely gorgeous, as the effervescent character is balanced by a light, chewy malt that finishes pleasantly sweet on the lips.  The end of the first sip practically begs for a second, and a third, and so on, until the 8 percent ABV finally catches up.

As a life-long Broncos fan, I have been raised with a healthy disdain of anything hailing from Kansas City, be it excess pine tar or scarlet clad AFC bottom feeders.  I can't bring myself to say anything bad about this beer though.  my only regret is not buying more than 1....

Rating: A-

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