I made a realization today. I would be a shitty grocery store employee. The first rule of selling perishable goods, rotate your stock! Well I suck at that. I have about 30 single beers chilling in the fridge right now. Each time I get some new ones, others get pushed to the back. It is easy to get excited about new beers while others age. So tonight I decided to rotate the stock. First out of the (long overdue) gate is Restoration Pale Ale by Abita Brewing Company.
Restoration Pale Ale has a really cool story, but don’t take my word for it, read this, “Restoration Pale Ale is made with Pale, Lager, Crystal and Cara Pils malted barley. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with American Cascade and fermented with California Ale yeast. The end result is a brilliant gold ale with a rich body, mild bitterness and a snappy fresh citrus hop flavor and aroma.” What is interesting about that you may ask? While nothing really. But what is cool is that Restoration was originally brewed to help raise money for Hurricane Katrina. They raised $500,000 in the process. Pretty sweet huh? Maybe their next brew will be called Oil Slick?
Restoration Pale ale pours a sinfully pretty golden-orange shade with a creamy and abundant head. I could detect hints of hops and a sweet citrus in the bouquet. The flavor follows suit. Restoration Pale ale has a bitter citrus bite, in a good way. There is also the subtlest hint of alcohol at the end that effectively cleans your palette for the next sip. And just enough to sweet-caramel maltiness to keep you coming back for more sips.
Restoration is unfortunately not the sum of its parts. The beautiful aesthetics and intoxicating aroma had me drooling for a potential new beer muse. Instead I found a decent beer with an amazing presentation. Don’t get me wrong it its still good, maybe even slightly above average. It’s just not going to send anyone screaming into the hills anytime soon.
Consumed: Globe Glass
Verdict: Buy a Twelve Pack