Brewery: Thirsty Planet
Style: Kölsch (5B)
Package: 12oz Bottle
Purchased: Whichcraft, July, 2019
Best By Date: September 25, 2019
Consumed Date: August 27, 2019
Details From the Brewer
Dance Pants Kolsch pairs great with getting your groove on. This easy drinking ale uses Pilsner and Vienna malts for a crisp malt backbone, balanced with enough noble hops to spice up any dance floor.
Aroma – 11/12
Grainy, fresh baked bread and hay all blend together to make pilsner malt the star of the aroma. These medium notes blend with some red apple fermentation esters from the kolsch yeast. There’s a bit of a pear or green grape ester as well. Floral hops overlay into this at a low level with a touch of earthiness.
Appearance – 3/3
Light gold liquid with great clarity. Small, stark white bubbles makes up a thin white head. It hangs around with average retention
Flavor – 11/20
Grainy and fresh bread come through at a moderate level, but don’t seem as fresh of flavors as the aroma indicated. White grape juice and red apple esters come out in the midtaste at a low level, along with a floral hop component. A Low-moderate bitterness appears on the finish and lasts through the aftertaste. There’s a touch of a sulfury flavor towards the finish as well. The balance is towards the malt and slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel – 2/5
Medium-full bodied throughout the whole taste. Low-medium carbonation that seems to fade quickly. No astringency.
Overall Impression – 6/10
This is a well executed Kolsh. I really like the aroma. Oddly, the flavors didn’t quite match up with the freshness on the nose. Having a bit more carbonation and more attenuation would help thin the body a touch and put it more into style. The bit higher than normal bitterness does help cut through the bigger body though. Still, this is a really drinkable thirst quenching beer.
Rating – 33/50
I’ve been on a Kölsch review kick this year, with a few more hopefully in the works. This is one of the newer beers from Thirsty Planet, and it speaks well of the direction they’re heading at their new location. A few tweaks on this in the next batches, and they’ll have a hell of a summer beer on hand.