Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 8.7 IBU: 32
Goose Island Beer Company Lolita
What the brewers say
“Lolita is a Belgian-style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavors, and crisp, refreshing body.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Lovely aromatics—floral, honey, berry, and light pineapple with a bit of apricot and cherry. Mild sweaty Brett goodness and more as it warms.”
Flavor: “Flowers first with delicate berry notes, moderate jammy notes and acidity, some sweet malt, light lemon zest, and big raspberry. Fruit tannins and acidity help balance the sweetness. Just enough bitterness to round things out with some Brett in the aftertaste. Light tannic notes add structure and support fruit and sour notes. High tartness with a slight “fresh hops” note.”
Overall: “This is a big fruity, jammy beer, with supporting acids and Brett-derived fruit notes such as pineapple. Fruit lovers should drink it cool, while Brett lovers should let it warm up to bring out more funk. The initial taste up front reminds me of homegrown hops. It would pair well with pan-seared salmon or spicy tuna rolls, and it would be a great marinade for ceviche.”
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