Local Buzz Honey-Rye Golden Ale by Four Corners Brewing Co Taste Test
Local Buzz Honey-Rye Golden Ale by Four Corners Brewing Co
Now that the weather is getting a little warmer (it’s April at the time of this writing), Blonde and Golden Ales are starting to sound a lot better. They’ll sound extra good once we get to the million degree days in DFW in July and August, but let’s not think about that yet.
One of the things that I’ve noticed with Four Corners is that all of their beers are pretty unique, and they seem to put some creativity into everything that they brew. It’s cool stuff.
Here is what Four Corners has to say about Local Buzz:
Honey-Rye Golden Ale
Brewed with locally sourced honey, the “buzz” is refreshingly crisp with a sweet floral aroma. Rye malt adds a clean, spicy finish.
Local Buzz Can
Here is what CraftBeer.com says a Golden or Blonde Ale should resemble:
One of the most approachable styles, a golden or blonde ale is an easy-drinking beer that is visually appealing and has no particularly dominating malt or hop characteristics. Rounded and smooth, it is an American classic known for its simplicity. Sometimes referred to as ‘golden ale.’ These beers can have honey, spices and fruit added, and may be fermented with lager or ale yeast.”
This beer pours out a rich golden color. It’s definitely lighter than a Pale Ale or IPA. I didn’t get a lot of foam which is probably a result of the top of the can fully coming off.
The aroma is really bready due to the rye malt. To me, that was the strongest aspect of the aroma. I didn’t get tons of honey which was a little bit of a surprise based on the name of the beer. There really isn’t a hop presence to this beer at all.
Local Buzz in Glass
The flavor is really dominated by the malts just like the smell. It starts of bready and crisp, and that flavor yields to the honey on the finish.
The flavor is almost sour because of the rye malts, but it is complimented well by the presence of the honey. It’s a good balance. This beer is really crisp.
Local Buzz is almost like a heavier version of a cream ale, but the comparison isn’t quite that easy.
This is a great beer for Texas summers, and it will shine when the heat is cranked to the max outside. You probably want to avoid this one in the winter. It would just be a bad fit.
As far as Four Corners goes, the next beer on my list is Block Party Robust Porter. I’ve heard good things about it, and based on what I’ve had from Four Corners, I feel like it won’t disappoint.
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