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Space Monkey by Allentown Brew Works

Lovely spring day was the order of the day today.  Outside I went to enjoy beer #137, Space Monkey by Allentown Brew Works from Allentown, Pennsylvania.  This is a Saison or Farmhouse Ale with a twist, Raspberry.  The ABV clocks in at 7%.  I love the label on this but then again who doesn’t think monkeys are funny, monkeys in space are even funnier.

Into my Troegs Sunshine Pils went this brew with a yellowish amber color, a bit like honey.  A nice white head topped this but didn’t stick around.  The nose, well it smelled like a raspberry iced tea.  I have drank plenty of raspberry iced teas (both regular and diet) in my time so those aromas are quite familiar to me.  I took a sip and surprisingly I got some Belgian yeast and a bit of bread like malt flavors (didn’t really get any of either in the nose) and then the sweet raspberry took over all the way to the finish.  There was a very similar aftertaste here not quite unlike a raspberry iced tea, just more carbonated.  It was medium bodied, crisp, and nicely carbonated.  Pretty drinkable, but I could see how the sweetness here could turn people off.

A unique beer indeed.  The best way to sum this up is that is was like drinking an alcoholic, carbonated raspberry iced tea.  If you like those, you may like this.  I kind of liked it but I’m not quite sure how many I could enjoy, maybe more on a hot summer day?

Rating: C

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