Monday, July 22, 2013

Picaroons Best Bitter

This brew's a nice reddish-brown, and has solid, webby, sea-foam lacing.

In this glass, no aroma, really, at first... just really light toffee. As it warms, though, it starts to perk up.

The flavour has a bit of an acidic brightness to it, really. Overall, it's a nice & smooth toffee & lightly burnt caramel flavour... a nice light roasted quality.

The bitterness is nice, and not very strong. Good & mild for the style. The body's fairly light & smooth, and the finish a little sticky.

You can actually get this on tap on PEI now, at the newly refurbed restaurant at the Delta, called Water's Edge. Hooray for local variety!

8 comments:

  1. A craft brewery that has failed me on quality one too many times.

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    1. Agreed... I had all their available brews years ago (at the time) and lucked out... no issues that I recall. Had a Yipeee last week on tap, though... a b-bomb, sadly.

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  2. I can’t believe there hasn’t been more pressure placed on Picaroons to address their poor quality. Even though Dunbar isn’t a trained brewer you would think he’d understand the importance of sanitation.

    ANDREW

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  3. An interesting article on the growing number of craft breweries and poor quality beer.

    http://draftmag.com/features/will-it-fall-brewery-beer/

    Bill MacD.


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  4. I can't recall trying a Picaroons that wasn't badly infected or held some other serious defect. I will say however that they do a great job marketing. Too bad their brewing ability is lacking.

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    1. To balance out the view, here, they definitely have "issues", but from when I've talked to Dunbar, he's said that's how he wants it to be (doesn't see beer as flawed, as far as I can tell... don't mean to be putting words into his mouth, but this is the gist I got). When I had the whole line-up a few years back, I don't recall getting any bad bottles. Now (is it my more-trained palate? Who knows), I'm batting about .500 with them and Sea Level as well. It's always an equal chance that a bottle will be poor or good.

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    2. Steverino,

      I've tried their beers on & off since they first started brewing and they've always been hit or miss. Dunbar's statement is shameful. I strongly suspect that he wants it that way (poor quality) because he is incapable of anything else.

      A.M.

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    3. Who knows, other than the man himself. I guess we can all agree they can make good beer - it's just that a lot of us feel they're inconsistent in quality, even within brands. That being said, anyone I've ever met within the group (Dunbar, the head brewer, a couple of others) are great, generous folk.

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