Well I finally have some cross credits and work approval to study next year. Terrifying.
Best calm the nerves with a beer! Methode is not so calming, fresh out the fridge and on opening it almost spews its foam everywhere. But straight into a glass and it seems to have calmed down. This baby is beautifully carbonated. Lush foamy white head and plenty of bubbles running up the glass is a very attractive prospect on this sweltering Auckland afternoon.
The aroma is zesty and lemony. Also a little caustic, it kinda reminds me of getting a whiff of concentrated acid up the nose. Its not as bad as that, but I can't think of how else to describe it. Its an aroma that brings to mind brewery tours, concrete floors cold steel, yeast and industrial cleaner. Ah I'm not making it sound any better.
Its a yeasty bready brew. But cleaner than some of my disastrously yeasty beers. The carbonation keeps the malty taste bouncing on the tongue and prevents cloying sweetness, a moderate amount of bitterness hits the back of the mouth and again the citrus hops release some flavour.
As it goes down subtle hints of clove and spice become apparent, yeast characteristics shine through adding complexity to the beer.
Overall its refreshing but the yeast characteristics are a little overpowering for my taste.