Who cares if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not? Spring has arrived and its liquid gold with a thin head and fine little bubbles that tickle my taste buds. Spring is bottled by the Pyramid Breweries in the form of their Fling™ Pale Ale.
The Spring Fling is labeled as a pale ale but I did not find it to be as bitter as many others in this genré. The hops were mellow and not at all overwhelming. I liked to let the flavor linger after each sip. This is not a beer that demands that I chug it to hide a nasty aftertaste. It may sound silly, but its aftertaste reminds me of hot, melted, salty, semi-sweet butter on corn on the cob. Each sip is like biting into a delicious ear of sweet corn slathered in Land O’ Lakes butter. Yummy!
Fling™ is medium bodied and slightly dry. The carbonation provides a little thirst quenching bite. It would be easy, though to put down a six pack on a hot spring day; especially after mowing the grass.
The bar for beers from Pyramid Breweries was set pretty high when I was introduced to their Audacious™ Apricot Ale in the fall. Their apricot ale is still my favorite, but Fling™ does not disappoint. If Audacious™ is rated 5 Big Beef and Beers, Fling™ gets a solid 4 Big Beef and Beers.
Hurry up and get some now, though. Its only available February through March. If we get some nice days in March, I’ll pick up a six pack. Spring usually comes later than sooner in the mid-west, and I’m afraid that most of us will miss our chance for a Spring Fling™. Summer wheats often replace winter brews when Winter gives Spring a miss, and heads straight on into Summer.
Here’s some useful info from the brewer: