It’s time for another installment of the unofficial series: “Rich just got off of work and needs a beer”. Considering the forecast for tomorrow is set to soar into the 90’s (wasn’t it in the 50’s last week?), I’ve decided to explore what beers that I would potentially want to be drinking during the hot New England summer. Last night, the bar I work at had a Newburyport Brewing Company pint night. One of the featured beers was their Plum Island Belgian Wit (and I’m a sucker for Belgian Wits, so this just seemed right). Check out my tasting notes:
Beer Name: Plum Island
Brewery: Newburyport Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Newburyport, MA
Beer Style: Belgian Witbier
Plum Island pours a straw-golden color with a thick creamy head. Hazy, but not quite opaque.
I picked up some lemon/orange citrus character (more peel/rind than actual juice), with some background notes of banana. Overall a very inviting nose!
Taste & Aftertaste
The dominant flavors of this beer seem to match the nose of it. Right up front, I get a big burst of citrus and banana, rounded off by a very slight peppery twang. I want to say that the some of the citrus that I detect comes from coriander (at least that’s what the flavor is reminding me of) which is traditional in a Belgian wit. I’ve had more than a couple of examples of this style of beer that were overly spicy or bitter (sort of like when you over-zest a lemon and you get that bitter pith)- this beer is not like that in the least. If anything, it’s really smooth and easy to drink- kind of like a Hoegaarden but less peppery. It’s got a thick and creamy mouthfeel, but also finishes fairly dry making you want to take another sip.
This is an excellent example of a Belgian Wit. If I had more of an ego, I would call this high praise because Belgian Wits are one of my favorite go-to styles. Take my word for what it is. This beer is smooth, citrusy, and refreshing. It’s something I would not mind going back to over and over again this summer, especially on a hot summer day. If this is my kickoff to the summer, then I’m off to an excellent start.