Black Market Deception

Reviewed by on June 24, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Black Market Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Temecula, CA, US

  • Rated On: June 24, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

SoCal’s Black Market Brewing provide this fruit-enhanced summer offering – you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up! No, I’m not going to spin any Baha Men in the background right now!

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy bone white head, which leaves some ski run layout lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of candied lime, bready and doughy caramel malt, some gentle toasted coconut sweetness, and a bit of understated earthy and leafy hops. The taste is grainy and slightly crackery pale malt, a faint biscuity caramel thing, stale lime juice, weak shredded copra, a hint of earthy yeast, and more tame weedy, leafy, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its soft and coddling frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising after a spell, the one correlated to how long that it’s been out of the refrigerator. It finishes off-dry, the doughy malt still mixing with the lime and coconut chaser.

Overall, I don’t think that there would be much to talk about here if it weren’t for the two guest adjuncts – the base blonde ale seems pretty much on par with the average for the style. Nothing that will blow up your proverbial skirt, to be sure, but easy enough to put back, and generally refreshing.

Brady White



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