There should be a lot of love for the pale ale. It’s the happy balance between new beer drinkers that want to get into the craft and understand what makes it tick and the hardcore hopheads that want nothing more then to burn their taste buds.
Brewers seem to enjoy making them as well, as it gives them the chance to play with flavors and experiment with hops but still make something that’s approachable for everyone to drink.
Such is the case with the newly re-released Luminous Cloud (Hazy Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV) from my friends at 3rd Planet brewing in Niceville, Florida.
It’s a hazy liberally dry-hopped with Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo. Once you open the can, you get this wonderful bouquet of notes of citrus there (Citra’s in there, this is to be expected) along with a wonderful floral bouquet that’s very tropical and light.
The flavor strikes a great balance, making a beer that is hopped, but without excessive dankness. It’s got a hint of alpha acid that’s not going anywhere, but the rest of the beer gives way to beautiful notes of orange, papaya, pineapple, and touches of grapefruit and grass.
It’s incredibly delicious and something I had no problems kicking back, even though I’m not the biggest hophead. 3rd Planet did a wonderful job of threading that needle between hops and drinkability. It’s fantastically balanced and an absolute joy to consume.
It also makes me need to go to Niceville sometime soon to get more.
Drink Florida Craft,
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