Doug wrote this. But Annie basically trampled it with her thoughts in parentheses. Enjoy.
You’re probably wondering what in the hell am I doing starting off a post about a beer with Paul Bunyan and Babe. Well, it just so happens that Paul Bunyan had a girlfriend….and no, it’s not Babe. (Because that wouldn’t be weird or anything.)
Her name is Lucette and she is the inspiration for the name of the brewery for this week’s review.
Lucette Brewing Company is out of Menomonie, WI and is indeed named after Paul Bunyan’s girlfriend, Lucette. The founders of Lucette chose the name as a tribute to the hardworking lumber industry in the Midwest. The brewing company uses Lucette’s likeness on all of their packaging so it is easy to spot the beer in your local liquor store. And I have to say, based upon a quick search they seem to have taken liberties with the imagery in a very good way. You be the judge:
Well done Lucette Brewery…..well done. BTW, what’s up with the statue’s hips? (Paul Bunyon liked his women thick and rather…rhombehedral?)
Lucette offers a small variety of beers including a weissbier, golden ale, and stout along with Belgian golden ale, Imperial golden ale and pale ale. The beer we are focusing on here is their American pale ale. (I focus on this one a lot. A LOT)
Here is the description from the company’s website:
Ride Again has a bright, wonderful hop aroma that has scents of pine, citrus fruits, and grapefruit. This beer has a very clean malt character with upfront hop bitterness and flavor. Not too sweet, Ride Again is full of hop flavor and aroma while still being very drinkable and refreshing. This beer is well balanced, with just a hint of caramel malt to support the hop bitterness.
Before we get to my notes, here is some additional info:
Price point - It’s around $8.69 for a 6 pack of 16 ounce cans AND only 150 calories a can. OH MY GOSH THIS IS MY GO TO. (Annie changed this entire statement. Doug is weird as this is not his go-to)
Cellar-able - Nope. A pale ale at 5.2% ABV is meant to be consumed and quickly (And I do consume them quickly! SCORE!)
Availability - Not much info on the brewery site, but it appears to be available year round. Not sure if it is geographically limited at all, but I would assume WI, maybe MN and/or IL. (And if you see it, you should do yourself a favor and follow the advice of the previous bullet-point. CONSUME QUICKLY)
On with the tasting!
Aroma - Mildly sweet and malty. Some citrus as well; more orangy than grapefruity and a touch of pine.
Appearance - Nice golden brown. I’d call it a 7-8 on the SRM scale. The head is a bright white with small rocky bubbles that lingered for quite a bit. (Lololllll. The term “head” NEVER stops being funny)
Taste - A slight grapefruit taste with just a light malty flavor as well. The flavor is rather dry too. Not much, if any, sweet to it at all. Piney hints as well, with some mild fruity flavors. (Doug’s palate is on crack, ladies and gentlemen. And also currently on greasy and salty chips. There is actually a lovely sweet undercurrent to this beer, though it does have a bit of a dry quality. Really, the flavors complement each other well.)
Palate - Very light and crisp. Medium carbonation, but not heavy on the palate at all. Slight grapefruit bitter on the upper palate on the back of the throat. (all of the above = NOM)
Overall - Not a bad American Pale Ale, just not one of my favorites. Annie would disagree and gasp at that statement as this is one of her favorites, but this is one of the cool things about beer, neither of us is wrong. Drink what you like. (I am currently in tears and planning to sac tap Doug next time I see him. *grumble*) (I’m not really in tears. I was just kidding. MOAR RIDE AGAIN FOR ME!)
Until next time