Perseus Oatmeal Pale & Moondance IPA

Man, this one was hard to figure.  Available at Lunar Brewing Company in Villa Park, IL, Perseus Oatmeal Pale was really great.  The bouquet was interesting in the good way, difficult to describe adequately, possibly to the quantity of the oatmeal, I don’t know, but there was some sweetness and a fresh grainy quality to it.  Super smooth, amber in color, lightly carbonated but not flat, decent lacing, light hops and little head retention.  I truly enjoyed this and will surely take another crack at it next time.

Their Moondance IPA was hazy, copper colored, kind of headless, but still adequately carbonated.  The bouquet was as malty as it was hoppy initially, but the hops took over shortly after pondering the first whiff.  There was certainly a lot more hops to follow in the flavor.  Dry, bitterish, no lacing, yeasty, homebrewy…OK, but Perseus kicked butt.

Research

I took the month of August off to do a little research.  No blogging, just tasting, to see if I still wanted to blog about beer.  I do.  I keep finding good stuff and hope that someone accidentally stumbles on this.

Acme California Pale ALE and IPA caught my eye at Binny’s.  The retro packaging and Vargas girls drew my attention and I couldn’t resist.  The Cali Pale had a thin, whispy head that lounged on top of a golden yellow beer, with just a hint of haze.  There was a good malt presence but not a lot of hops.  It had a smooth texture and a mild taste, with lively carbonation tickling the tongue and a mild dry finish that lingers.  There’s your hops.  It was very quaffable with a little more body than standard beers.  Is there the slightest hint of berry?  Maybe a little too drinkable for my own good on a 90 degree Labor Day.

The Cali IPA is kind of a pale orange color and leaves a good deal of lacing on the glass. There is a moderate hoppy nose and a bit of sweetness.  Well carbonated, sharp and dry, but the hops make their presence known more in the finish than on the palette.  There is also a nice graininess that appears in the finish.  It has a higher alcohol content (6.5%/vol) than your average beer, if that matters.  I found it a very good beer, but not a great beer.