I picked up “Mischief” about a month ago in anticipation for the release of Marvel’s The Avengers on May 4th. Why? The main villian of the film is Thor’s brother Loki, god of Mischief. (See what I did there?) Actor Tom Hiddleston made Loki my favorite part of the Thor movie that came out last year; somehow his calculating, sinister subtlety is just as compelling as the rawness of his passion and pain. So clearly I’m inordinately excited to watch Loki take on all of the Avengers in this most epic of superhero films.
Incidentally, this is my very first beer review. I’ve learned a LOT about beer in the past year since I started working at Total Wine. I still don’t know as much about beer as I do wine, but I hope I can still do a good job describing the flavors.
Price: $12.99 at Vintner Wine Market
Region: Orange County, CA
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Sight: cloudy yellow, moderate head retention
Smell: cantaloupe, tangerine, banana, yeast
Taste: sweet melon, lemon peel, yeast, clove, gentle hops
Overall: This bottle-conditioned ale pours a little cloudy, and the color is something between amber and Sunny-D, if you can picture that. Big melon and tropical fruit aromas jump out of the glass, shaded by a gentle waft of yeastiness that somehow made me think of saltine crackers. Flavor-wise, the candied melon flavor carries through quite roundly; a hint of citrus appears, and the yeastiness turns a little biscuity as the flavor progresses. The phrase on the bottle that defines Mischief—“not quite evil, yet not to be trusted”—could be an accurate summary of the hop profile. The hops aren’t full-blown or violent by any means, but they do sneak up on the finish with this spicy little citric tang that provides a great structure for an otherwise soft little ale. As beautifully balanced and delicious as this is, I certainly look forward to seeking out more of The Bruery’s portfolio.
The Avengers: There is not a wasted moment of film from start to finish. Every single character is flexed, challenged, and empathized with. Absolutely exceeded my expectations, and I hope you get to see it!
How did I do for my first beer review? Did I leave anything out?