Moody Ales Mixed Forecast Shorts Weather ISA

Reviewed by on April 20, 2018 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Moody Ales

  • Origin: Port Moody, BC, CA

  • Rated On: April 20, 2018

  • Best Before: packaged March 19, 2018

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Session Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Shorts Weather is a part of Moody’s Mixed Forecast ‘series’, intended, IMHO, to illustrate the confused joy (and hope) that is Springtime in this country of ours.  My kid thought wearing shorts to the park yesterday would be a good idea – it wasn’t.

This 473ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendid honeycomb pattern lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, some orange, white grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, wet stone paths after a solid rain, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, some mixed domestic citrus peel, a damp minerality, and more earthy, musty, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-strafing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps a touch of hop acridity maybe not making nice with the locals here.  It finishes off-dry, the graininess still contending with some heady lingering hops.

Overall – well, this is certainly one of the better versions of this sub-style that I have yet come across.  Nice and hoppy, without the normal drop-off in the mouthfeel due to the slightly lowered ABV.  Crisp, refreshing, and, yes, quite crushable on a day where it now actually may be worth attempting the titular suggestion – backyard snow be damned!

Brady White

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