Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Femme Fatale Blanc
I was like, "Mmmm, this smells wonderful." Then I tasted it and was like, "Wow, this is a good beer!"
Hubby was like, "I thought you hated contract brewers."
No, I don't hate contract brewers. What I don't like is brewer who promote the illusion of having an established brewery and producing their own beer. Making no mention of contracting out their brewing nor of the brewery who is doing the work. Meanwhile, another brewery is making their beer and slapping the other brewers label on the bottle. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't have respect for that.
Yes, I know that the contractor uses the other brewers recipe. And, if they are reputable, will respect the recipe and follow it to the letter. I also know that not all breweries who produce contract beers are so dutiful. And, for that, I have even more disdain.
It's even worse for when I don't even like the beer the contractor makes under their own name.
What I don't have problem with is a brewer - notice I didn't say brewery - like Evil Twin. Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø is a globe trotting brewer who goes from brewery to brewery creating master works of beer. There is no pretense or bait-and-switch. He clearly states on his website that his beer is manufactured in many different breweries around the world. And it states on the label where the beer is produced and bottled. That is something I can appreciate.
So, no. I do not hate contract brewers. What I don't like is being misled and deceived.
Femme Fatale Blanc (6.00% ABV) is an IPA by Evil Twin is brewed at Westbrook Brewing.
It pours a dense honey color with a big floofy white head that leaves behind loose but lingering lacing on the glass.
The aroma is simply marvelous. Sweet citrus and juicy fruits contrasting with sharp resin, bread and spices.
The taste is just as good. Bright but not overly bitter citrus complimented nicely with other fruits, sweet grains, clove and yeast. There's a lovely chardonnay like quality that is wonderful. There's also an underlayer of dank hops that I don't typically enjoy but, because it doesn't dominated the flavor profile, it works well in this beer. The finish is clean and leaves behind a lingering bite of hops.
The mouth feel is medium with lively carbonation.
Femme Fatale Blanc is easy drinking, delicious. There's a lot going on in this beer and it's fantastic!