I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but sometimes I make modest ones. Given the explosion of new breweries in Ohio this year (90 and growing) I’m pledging to drink more local beer. It will be a sacrifice, but it’s my small contribution to make the world a better place. I’m starting out on New Year’s Day with a half growler of Zoetic by Yellow Springs Brewery. It’s my first experience with Yellow Springs Brewery. I can’t find much information on this beer but from what I can glean from the internet Citra hops are part of the recipe.
- Brewery: Yellow Springs (Yellow Springs, OH)
- Style: American Pale Ale
- ABV: 5.3%
Zoetic is a translucent, golden amber color. Coming out of the growler it does not pour with much head, maybe 1 cm that dies off pretty quickly. This beer has a big time grassy, fresh hop aroma. Yellow Springs has a reputation as an enclave of Bohemians and hippies, and the aroma of this beer reminds you that hops and cannabis belong to the same family. The grassy fresh hop aroma is front and center from the moment the vapors hit your nostrils all the way through to the finish. Malts are nowhere in sight and the bitterness is very restrained, true to the pale ale style. The mouthfeel is light bodied, almost airy. It’s an easy drinking beer.
This beer is all about the fresh aroma of the Citra hops. It’s very reminiscent of Founders All Day IPA, and just like that beer you could put down quite a few of these in a sitting. If you like aromatic fresh hopped, sessionable pale ales this beer will be right up your alley.
Rating = 7.5
Rating Scale: 10 = perfection, 9 = excellent, one of the top beers in the world, 8 = very good, one of the top beers in its style category, 7 = good, a solid beer I’m happy to be drinking, 6 = average, not bad but not something I’m likely to buy again, 5 = below average, 3-4 = poor, should be avoided, 1-2 drainpour.
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