Mother of Exiles

Image courtesy of Revolution Brewing

Image courtesy of Revolution Brewing

What is more refreshing than a nice pilsner beer on a beautiful summer day?  Maybe fresh Michigan blueberries, but that is not the point of this post.  The point is to tell you about Mother of Exiles Pilsner from Revolution Brewing in Chicago.  The name comes from the Emma Lazarus poem “The New Colossus” and its reference to the Statue of Liberty as the mother of exiles.  When liberated from its 22 oz. bottle, this 5.5% ABV pilsner style immigrant is light gold with a gloppy, frothy head that assimilates into nothingness in short suit.  There is a slight haze that looks like a depiction of a thermocline from an old textbook, and even the healthy carbonation it possesses doesn’t disturb it.  The bouquet is slightly floral, slightly peppery, slightly sugary and has a quality to it that reminds me of freshly mown grass.  All are summertime appropriate.  The sweetness on the tongue reminds me a bit of the sweetness you taste when eating a packaged Popocatapetl corn tortilla, but the dryness on the palette is more pronounced sensation.  Bitterness tempered by sweetness, it works.  Mother of Exiles is OK, but I think of big beers when I think of Revolution Brewing, and I find myself slightly disappointed.  “It’s not you, it’s me.”

75/100 Pilsner

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