Mybeerbuzz .com Highlights Short’s Melt My Brain Summer Seasonal

23 May 2017

imageThis evening we’re getting a chance to try an early sample of the new 2017 summer seasonal coming from Short’s…and while the name of the beer and the AbV may seem to convey a mixed message, the taste will bring you a mixed message in a good way.

Short’s Melt My Brain was the silver medal winner in the Experimental Beer category at GABF 2015 and it is loosely based on a Gin & Tonic cocktail (G&T).  The beer is a golden ale brewed with juniper berries, coriander, limes and tonic water (yes actual tonic water).  The idea was to create the tasting experience of a Gin & Tonic, but in a beer.  So how did they do?  image



Melt My Brain pours a semi-clear straw/golden color with lots of citrus and juniper aromas.  The lime aromas become more prominent in the second whiff with a subtle spicy character at the end.  The flavors begin with a very dominant lime flavor and a coriander piney resinous finish.  The mouthfeel is decidedly effervescent thanks to the tonic water and the beer finishes refreshing, drinkable and bright.  I’m far from a G&T expert, but I recognized a lot of the same juniper, and lime flavors I remember from the cocktail. image In the end we really enjoyed the beer and I liked the interesting play on tart and sweet flavors you experience as you drink it.

Melt My Brain is 3.8%-AbV (FAR lower than a real G&T) and 18 IBU, and it is packaged in 12oz bottles.  Look for Melt My Brain to hit shelves this week in MI, PA, OH, IN, IL and WI) so be sure to try it for yourself…and when you do, be sure to let us know what YOU think.
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