Reviewed: Crooked Hammock Actively Fishing Pilsner
Product description: There are quite a few rules for surf fishermen on our Delaware state beaches. This beer pays homage to our favorite rule: make sure you are “Actively Fishing” at all times. So sit back and enjoy this easy-drinking Czech Pilsner on the beach – just make sure you’ve got a line in the water and #enjoytheride 5.5% ABV, 22 IBUs.
Crooked Hammock Brewery – Crooked Hammock Actively Fishing Pilsner – 12oz can served in specialty glassware – 5.5% ABV
Recently, I’ve had the privilege of trying many Crooked Hammock (Lewes, DE) beers recently. My favorite so far has been their pumpkin spice porter, which I reviewed last year. I was interested in trying their pilsner, though, as this style is probably tied with saison for the toughest to master.
Into the glass, Actively Fishing Pils is slightly hazy straw in color with medium-sized, bright white foam that settles down relatively quickly. The haziness doesn’t clear up, which is odd for this lager style. Diving in, there’s ample white bread in the aroma with lemon, freshly cut grass, and even white grape moving to yellow apple. It’s a touch fruity for the style.
Flavor-wise, the mouthfeel is oily and slick, odd for this style, with a finish that combines mealy apple with a toothpaste flavor. Bitterness is higher at 6/10 with sweetness low at 2/10. The mouthfeel should be lighter and crisp, but out-of-character oiliness usurps the experience. Lemon and herbal bitterness peek through, but the bready malt character doesn’t shine and the end result is just average. This is refreshing and drinkable, but ultimately uninteresting with a palate that could use some improvement.
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