I am looking dubious because the making of holiday ales is reserved for the Winter months-at least for the most part. Holidays. In Summer. Summer IS holiday, right?
Well…no, not since 1995 for me. So I’m taking the holidays where I can get them. Still, it feels a little strange to have a holiday ale in September. Most people go for Summer ales, with ‘holiday’ ales being their default winter selection- perhaps my stumbling block is just a frame of mind instead of an actual issue.
Because Alesmith tells me on the back of the bottle that this beer is for Independence Day and in America that means one thing, no matter where you are: fireworks. The obvious translation for beer is hops and this holiday ale is a hoppy sonofagun.
If Widmer made an imperial version of their Drifter ale, that’s what you’d have here. For those of you who never had Drifter; think really good pale ale with tangerine scented hops and a back end bitterness polished to a shine. In Alesmith’s Holiday, there’s a gently slick quality to the end; not distracting but notable. Not sure what it’s from though; perhaps I need to find out. Still, at 8.5% it’s on the lower end of imperial IPAs; this is a beer you can still have with dinner and maybe have an after dinner drink.
Speaking of, BBQ is on–gotta go!