Rider

Alaska
United States
Rider by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

The first release from the Wild Alaska Adventure Series. This refreshing beauty waited 14 months to pour out of the barrels. Hints of citrus and hay swirl together in this crisp lager. Ideal for a cool one after a long day of riding.

Profile

ABV: 
8.7%
IBUs: 
25
Served at: 
40-45º
Hops: 
Summit, Hallertau
Malts: 
Pilsner, Vienna, Flaked Barley
Judges Review 
Randy Scorby's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Rider, from Midnight Sun Brewing Company, is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This beer exudes Brettanomyces character right from the start, with a combination of stone fruit and floral followed up quickly with the classic barnyard quality most expect.  There is also a slight barrel aged aroma of oaky woodiness and a hint of vanilla. A tart lemon citrus and bready malt also emerge as the beer warms and vents.  The flavor pushes out even more classic earthy, barnyard Brett with a slight floral and citrus overtone.  A moderate, but well balanced, lactic sourness and medium hop bitterness emerges mid-palate and lingers into a fairly dry finish, assisted by the smooth alcohol and a light barrel derived astringency that is appropriate. 

Although the base beer could have been slightly better represented, it is extremely well made and fans of Brett beer should not pass this one up. The Brett character is fairly complex and prominent, and is well integrated with the barrel character.