I bought this the other day over there but it does raise questions about whether I should have been able to buy it. All of a sudden, Full Sail's beers are in grocery stores and specialty shops in northern NY - tasty and at a good price. I've had this one, a six of pale ale as well as a bomber of Hop Pursuit, that last one for $4.99. All tasty, yet this amber lager has come a long way and illustrates a point I made in a comment recently over at Stan's place - are national craft and regional craft at odds with each other? Was a New York craft brewer displaced by this come from away? Should that matter?
Or can the beer make it's own argument, can it prove it's own right to a place on the shelf? Let's see. It pours a reddish brown a shade lighter than chestnut with a thin mocha rim and foam. Nutty on the nose with a bit of mentholated vapour. In the mouth, very kind for something about to be consumed: nutty, dated, raisin malt with plenty of interesting acids cutting the cloy. A little smoke, too. There is something reminding me of lime marmalade in the combination of hop and malt, just a bit. Fully tasty and, at about $9.50 Canadian a six 55 minutes from my house in another country, great value.
With trucking and taxes and multiple middlemen and retail, I have no idea how there is any money left for the brewery. It really don't make much sense. But it sure is tasty.