One of the great things about us Virginians is that we are creative. From the early inventors like Thomas Jefferson to new innovators at Jefferson Laboratories, we pride ourselves on pushing the envelope of discovery. I know that is a little grandiose for a beer review site, but it makes for a good segway. I myself like for breweries to step out of the box, and here is yet another example we found bomber diving at our local bottle store.
Ginger Lager, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA)
Spiced Lager, ABV: 6.7%, IBU: 20
Presentation: Bomber pour into tasting glass.
Appearance: Very pale to light gold, super heady dissipating rather quickly.
Aroma: Lots and lots of lime, little ginger and bready notes.
Taste: Slight ginger start, then lemon/lime front-middle to middle-back, finishes sweetbready. It is a very interesting movement through the tastes as you could easily go Canada Dry/7-UP/Pils and not be far off from the experience.
ABV/IBU Mouthfeel: Light and crisp rounding into soft towards the end. ABV noticeable up front and towards the end. All balancing hops in this one.
Overall: This is a very interesting beer that is worth a try. It is clean and refreshing but you get a strong pilsner back when it switches from fresh squeezed citrus to bread. As with most beers like this, this is a real departure from traditional lagers, so plan accordingly. Your window for this beer is the summer, so now is the time to put it your ‘to get’ list.