Fake Plastic Trees

North Carolina
United States
Birdsong Beer Fake Plastic Trees
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This tasty, happy wheat beer is bursting with citrus and lemongrass aromas, supported by a complementary malt backbone and a clean bitterness. A blend of Columbus, Cascade and Sorachi Ace hops bring the party to your mouth while the mellow wheat base quenches your thirst. Enjoy this delightfully distinctive ale at your cookout, your day at the lake or wherever your next adventure takes you.

Profile

ABV: 
6.4%
IBUs: 
40
Hops: 
Cascade, Columbus, Sorachi Ace
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Breweries seem to struggle with what to name beers these days -- is it an IPA? A pale ale? An American Wheat? In this case, whatever you want to call it, the answer is "a great beer that's an excellent seasonal offering."

This "Hoppy Wheat" beer pours a hazy gold, with a fluffy white head. The nose is heavy on citrus, with lots of lemon (probably from the Sorachi Ace that I now know it has!) and orange notes. As it warmed, it picked up an interesting hint of lavender, and a bit more of a grainy malt character. It was a little thin in the aroma, though, either due to age or a slight excess of carbonation -- still really nice, but just a bit muted.

The flavor matched the aroma neatly, with grain, citrus and fennel (which sounds weird, but made me immediately start thinking of things I could pair this beer with). It also had a medium-solid level of bitterness, and finished quite dry (maybe a little too dry).

I freely admit to evaluating this beer while on vacation, but it made a great fit for a day at the beach! The flavors are bright and pleasant, there's a noticeable bitter bite, and I gladly finished the entire 16-oz. can. If you want a good summer beer, give this a try instead of a more run-of-the-mill summer ale or yet another IPA.