Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pocono Pale Ale
Despite a fairly gentle, even pour, the beer had a lively head. A pillowy, faintly beige head rocketed up to well over an inch, slowly subsiding to a still-dense half-inch, leaving some icicle lacing in its wake.
The nose has a lot of sweet phenols, smelling more like a Belgian-style wheat than a pale. Lemon, baseball card chewing gum, and a bit of under-ripe banana are accented by some spiciness which is probably coriander, explaining the wheat fake-out.
The mouthfeel is really quite good. The ever-present head imparts an initial creaminess that is cleaned out by the fine carbonation. Initially, sweet malts show up with a subtle breadiness, soon giving way to a bitter orange and lemon tang, and finally a clean, almost yeasty spiciness. There are some hops at the very end that are subtle, giving just enough bitterness to negate any unpleasant sweetness.
Despite seeming like a non-traditional pale ale, this is quite a lovely beer. It is refreshing, and has something for everybody. The Cascade and Centennials that are supposedly in this brew show up really only as aromatic florals, but I can live with that. Identity crisis or not, this is an easy-drinker that would serve well for wheat-lovers and the malt-mad.
Another bonus under-the-cap game for the easily amused!