Last year I enthusiastically downed a can (a can!) of SIAMESE TWIN ALE from Santa Cruz, CA’s UNCOMMON BREWERS, a new alemaker dedicated to breakin’ the brewing rules with a bunch of unorthodox ingredients & brewing techniques. While I wasn’t bowled over by that particular Belgian/Thai, lemongrass/lime beer, I admired their panache and the general cut of their jib. So now they’re back with a couple of new tall boy cans, and this time I got to try their new GOLDEN STATE ALE on draft at San Francisco’s MONK’S KETTLE bar a couple of weeks ago. Here’s how it went down.
GOLDEN STATE ALE is a Belgian-style, spicy ale, brewed with poppy seeds. It has a tangy, thick mouthfeel, but is still square in the Belgian pale playpen. It tastes toasted and grassy, with a little bit of sweet honey to go with the spice. Cream-puff white head and lots of lacing for you lacing freaks. Honestly, it’s like they throttled back a bit on the experimentation a bit here in order to move some product, and I’m happy with the results. Definitely one I’ll be happy to grab at the Circle K or the Quik Stop should it ever arrive there. 7/10.