I live in Florida, therefore I am something of a citrus snob. It just sort of goes with the territory.
Honestly, this state produces some of the best citrus in the world. I won’t go to the grocery store and buy OJ if it doesn’t explicitly state that it’s from Florida. Usually, the citrus is from either Indian River or Clermont. Today, we are focusing on Clermont, which is 30-45 minutes away from Orlando and the home of Uncle Matt’s Organic.
Long story short, Uncle Matt’s is a fruit farm in Central Florida that produces citrus and a lot of citrus juices. It’s all organic (shocker) and run by a guy named Matt (shocker, again). And while citrus on its own is all fine and good, it can always be made better with beer. Enter my organic–loving friends at Orlando Brewing.
The result is Uncle Matt’s Organic Grapefruit Pale Ale (Pale Ale, 6.3% ABV, 60 IBU).
Grapefruit is a perfect fit for a pale ale. They’re both slightly bitter, somewhat juicy and sweet, and tend to be fruity, depending on the hops used. Orlando Brewing exclusively used Citra hops in this beer, including a nice dry hop at the end. That’s fantastic, since that hops basically has all of the aforementioned characteristics. It’s a natural combination.
It’s got a nice fruity aroma to it, but it’s not identifiably all-hop or all-grapefruit. It’s a harmonious blend of the two. The taste is also well balanced; not too bitter, and the natural sweetness of the grapefruit is allowed to shine.
In all, this beer is an excellent combination between two big organic companies in Central Florida. It’s also a natural complement to a warming spring season down here.
Now, can we get an Uncle Matt/Orlando Brewing Orange Cream Ale? Maybe?
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