Beer of the Weekend #804: Thresher

Though I didn’t drink it last week because I was developing a cold, I bought a bottle of Thresher, brewed by the Toppling Goliath Brewing Company of Decorah, Iowa.

The color is a hazy, light, golden amber. A finger of dense, shiny, bubble-spotted head settles slowly and unevenly, and leaves trails of lacing stuck to the glass. The aroma is bursting with juicy citrus. Oh my God — it’s so enticing! Scents of pineapple, orange, and grapefruit are tinged with lemon zest and astringency. There is some floral spice, reminiscent of rye, too. The flavor is unfortunately not as citrusy — or at least it is not as bursting. Flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange are subdued. Earthy, floral hops dominate, leaving the taste buds and tonsils coasted in a lasting bitterness. It’s a nice, tasty blend, but I wish the flavor matched the amazing aroma.

Fun facts about Thresher:

• Style: Wheat IPA.

• Price: I forgot to grab the receipt but I am pretty sure it was $8 for a 22-ounce bottle.

• Alcohol content: Unlisted.

• Though Toppling Goliath's media relations are shit, their bottle labels are awesome!

The Quiet Man’s grade: B+.

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