Howe Sound You’re My Boy Blue
Reviewed by Brady White on August 25, 2015 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Howe Sound Brewing Company
- Origin: Squamish, BC, CA
- Rated On: August 25, 2015
- Best Before: bottled August 7, 2015
- ABV: 4.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Fruit Beer
- Rating: GOOD !
This 1L, usual swing-top bottle pours a dark, murky magenta hue, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly pale pink head, which leaves some decent streaky neural node lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.
It smells of bready, grainy pale and gritty wheat cereal malt, fruity blueberry and raspberry astringencies, further acrid lemon/lime rind bitters, a twinge of earthy yeast, and a small hard water flintiness. The taste is more bready, doughy pale malt, a lesser wheaty spiciness, blueberry pie (sans the sugar), additional nods to its cranberry, lemon, and lime brethren, sedate yeast, and some middling stony notes that seem inborn and just a wee bit out of place. The bubbles are quite fizzy and occasionally frothy in their pervasive rendering, the body a so-so medium weight, and sort of smooth, the testy nature of the various blueberry-led fruit cabal doing some unwelcome probing here. It finishes off-dry, the now well-mixed fruitiness still playing off of the lingering, and equally blended malt sweetness.
Overall, a pleasant, and not overly complicated fruit brew, the blueberries large and in charge up front, but ceding some of their prestige as things get on. No problem to put back, I gotta say, especially after some long-overdue, late-summer housecleaning effort, as the sun still insists on streaming through my windows – take note, all you pumpkin and Oktoberfest beer-seeking gun jumpers out there!