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Homebrew: South Pacific Blonde (Lovecats) – First Tasting

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  • Brewery: –
  • Country: –
  • Style: Blonde Ale
  • ABV: 4.4 %
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Homebrew
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After 7 days in the bottle I decided to try the first bottle of Lovecats. Since this bottle was bottled directly from the fermenting vessel, it will probably taste slightly different to the majority of the batch that is currently kegged with 40 g of Nelson Sauvin. I expect the beer to still taste a bit green (i.e. some yeast tones and harsher bitterness) and have an insufficient carbonation level, but this should still give a general idea of what the batch will taste like. I remember that the batch of Centennial Blonde I brewed up last summer had a light citrusy and floral aroma, a malty and lightly hoppy flavor, a minimal bitter finish, and a light body, making it very refreshing to drink. Hopefully we will have achieved something similar here, but with some tones of tropical fruits as well!

South Pacific Blonde (Lovecats)
Appearancewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
As I open the bottle I hear a reassuring hiss, so there should be some carbonation at least. The beer pours with a hazy orange color (the beer will hopefully clear up a bit with time) and a large fluffy white head, that collapses quite quickly leaving some lacing along the glass. The color was surprisingly dark, and don't know if this really can be classified as a blonde ale.
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The aroma is quite hoppy, featuring tones of citrus and tropical fruits, with a slight maltiness lurking behind. No strange off-aromas, so that is at least promising. A really nice aroma actually.
Tastewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The flavor begins with a bready maltiness, with some tones of biscuits and caramel present. The maltiness is joined by floral, citrusy, and grassy hop tones, that hang on quite long, as the beer finishes with a dry and minimally bitter aftertaste. The beer seems very balanced, as no flavors are dominating. The flavors are quite light, but that was intentional, as this was supposed to be a refreshing summer ale.
Mouthfeelwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The beer has a light body, and currently a quite low carbonation level (this should increase with more time in the bottle), making it really refreshing and easy to drink. This is gonna be a perfect beer for those hot summer days.
Overallwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
I was really positively surprised by this one, as after just a week in bottles this beer is perfectly drinkable and very refreshing. I'm happy that there are no off-flavors, and hopefully these flavors will still come together even more with a couple more weeks in the bottle. The appearance is quite off-putting at the moment, but this should hopefully clear up with time, and gain a bit more long-lasting head as the beer gets more carbonation.

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