Origin: Sheboygan, WI
Sheboygan. Sheboygan. Sheboygan. Sheboygan. Sheboygan. It’s a pretty easy name to say five times really fast. But try typing it. Or maybe I’m just a shitty typist. Anyway, another in the Wisconsin Beer Plow. I have no idea what’s going on with the name of this one. Either the brewery or the beer. But there’s a sheep on a waterslide on the label, and it looks like it’s been sampling some sort of mind-altering flowers or whatever the hell sheep eat.
The color’s on the darker end of the IPA scale. It smells pretty sweet with a lot of caramel, and the potency of that sweetness obscures a nice little citrusy twist- just a wisp that unfortunately fades away pretty quickly. Mainly it just smells sweet- like actual caramel produced by just cooking up some sugar.
Thankfully it doesn’t taste quite as sweet as it smells, but it’s still pretty sweet. And you can imagine that if the main flavor is sweetness at a mild 6.2%, there isn’t much hop flavor to be found. It’s there, but this beer might win the award (if you want to call it an award) for the lowest bitterness level I’ve ever had in an IPA. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is considerably more hoppy than this. The hops are so light that they, in a very strange manner, make the beer taste watery. I’m not sure how that happens or if it makes any sense. Or maybe I’m overthinking it- it could be that it’s just watery with a light hop load.
There’s just not much to this one. It seems like they were afraid of making something overpowering, and they ended up going too far in the other direction and produced something that’s pretty meek. Doesn’t seem to me that pulling your punches is a good practice in the brewing industry, but what do I know, I’m just a useless blogger.