Fruit Beer, Horny Hideaway/Horny Goat Brewing Co. (Brewed at Melanie Brewing Co.), Wisconsin USA, ABV 5.1%
It’s been really hot lately so I’ve not been craving anything dark and heavy. Trouble was I didn’t have much of anything else in the fridge. I quickly remedied that issue with a trip to the beer shop, a gift card I’ve almost forgotten about, made the trip a lot better.
I was unfamiliar with Holy Goat brewery, but all their labels looked fun, so I decided to try one randomly. They had several different options spread around the store, but pineapple wheat beer sounded the best.
The first clue to what lay in the glass was the aroma, it was sweet and fruity, but I’m not sure I would call it the scent of pineapples. I had a similar reaction to the flavor, there is a definite layer of fruit and extra sweetness, but it’s not like you get with pineapple juice. The sweetness acts a bit like what you get in Belgian Ales, it intensifies the alcohol giving it more presence than the ABV suggests. The fruit flavor is a bit harder to explain, it’s more like the pineapple you get in something like pineapple flavored water than pineapple juice. After the initial pineapple notes, the finish is like a regular hefeweizen, crisp with bubbles filling your mouth. The finish as you would guess is a mixture of the pineapple notes and regular wheat beer. Though the fruit notes add a bit of a stickiness the overall effect is still refreshing, inviting you to take big gulps.