I wanted to review this beer for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen anything from Bradenton’s Darwin Brewing by me. When Lucky’s Market all but folded in the state of Florida, distribution with Darwin seem to go with it.
As you may recall, Lucky’s had a partnership in Florida where Darwin was an exclusive brewer of some of their Big Deal beers. I still have one inadvertently aging in my beer cooler; I’ll get around to that sometime soon. It’s a shame, since I like the beers, notably Llama Mama and Circa 1926.
So when I saw a pack of Cyan Pineapple Sour (Sour Ale, 5.3% ABV), I had to grab it.
The second reason for getting the beer, and this is sort of obvious, but the color is something that needs to be seen to be believed. That color, utterly insane as it is, is even part of the name of the beer. It all comes from a healthy addition of Spirulina, an blue-green algae harvested and sold as food well before the the Spanish arrival in Central America in the 1600’s.
So yes, the beer. And it’s interesting that the flavor doesn’t stray towards any sort of overly fruity sweetness, or overly bready grain flavors in excess of the malt bill. It stays firmly rooted in sour territory, and is content to live there. Sure, you can taste a little bit of a pineapple and it gives a tiny electric zing to something that is already juiced up. But there’s almost a hint of nuttiness that I can only attest to coming from the spirulina.
Past that, it’s a good beer and definitely a solid sour beer for sour fans. It’s also a fun Darwin beer for Darwin fans like myself. My own hope is it won’t be the only beer I get from Darwin in a little while.
I miss those and I want my Llama Mama back.
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