TGIF: A Spark in the Dark
Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.
And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.
With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.
This week why don’t your try…
ENIGMA SPARK – REDLINE
The initial aroma is laced with light touches of grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes with a slight grainy sweetness in and and under the smell. A little restrained for style, but still pleasant. Blending in nicely are light sweet malt notes with a hint of biscuit malt, and maybe a touch of sulfur.
A welcoming mix of up-front hops, but citrus rind dominates. Notes of slight juiciness and grainy touches stem from the malt. Some restrained yeast notes provide a subtle fruitiness that works well. That makes for a light and carbonic mouth swill—very drinkable. The definite hops are bright and forward, but not out of balance, with a slight lingering bitterness.
Overall, this is your Grandad’s pale ale—a classic-style beer that’s rounded out without any intense sharp edges, and it hits straight down the middle. All ingredients play well together, but nothing really sticks out. A clean, quaffable pale ale with just a touch of sweetness in mid-palate and a bit mild on the hops for a modern pale.
Under the Hood
- ABV : 5.6
- IBU (THEORETICAL) : 40
- HOPS : ENIGMA