957-958. New York: Spitzer's Corner

On Sunday morning we woke up late, much to David's chagrin, and had brunch at Toast near David's old apartment. Afterwards we looked around in a few bookstores before going to see Frost/Nixon. Win was in the mookd for something ethnic for dinner, so we used the Urban Spoon application on my iPhone to find a small Ethiopian restaurant that turned out to be a winner.

After dinner we stopped at Spitzer's Corner for a round of beers, a bar I'd previously been to with David. We had a round there before returning to David's apartment.

957. Coney Island Sword Swallower

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Shmaltz Brewing Company
Alcohol: 6.80%
Serving: Tap
Style: American Pale Lager, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 3.5 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 3.5

Overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed, light copper color. Topped by a fluffy, white head that fades to a quarter-inch layer while clinging to the side of the glass, leaving good lace. The aroma is hoppy. There are peppery and leafy notes with a bit of citrus. There's also the undertone of fruity sweetness.

Mild breadiness upfront gives way to a lightly sweet character. The malty backbone continues to be prevalent through to the center, but is overtaken bit the hoppy finish, which has notes of citrus and pepper. The sweetness becomes more prevalent overall as the beer warms. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated.

A tad sweet overall, but nicely hoppy.

958. Tröegs Pale Ale

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company
Alcohol: 5.40%
Serving: Tap
Style: American Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 3.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 4.5

Overall: 3.95

Pours a clear copper. The head thins to a film leaving pin-prick spots of lace. The aroma is relatively simple: predominantly resiny hops with a bit of caramel maltiness.

Toasty malts upfront, a bit of breadiness, and caramel sweetness with a pleasantly coarse leafy hop flavor in the finish. Medium-bodied, highly carbonated with a rough quality from the hops.

A good session beer.

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