Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! It’s been a long fall with wedding planning, traveling, fishing tournaments, and oh yeah, the 23 game UCF win streak! This week was a first for UCF as College Gameday came to campus and an estimated 20,000 fans showed up to support the Knights! This was one of the largest, if not the largest, crowd in Gameday’s history.
We went on to roll the Cincinnati Bearcats 38-13. To cap off an extraordinary win, I am trying a new beer from Whisper Creek (WC) which bills itself as a Honey Citrus Ale. WC is the brewery for Mariott that develops their beer and has Big Storm produce it for them at the scale they need. The label has a lot going on, so let’s see how the beer unfolds!
Appearance: It comes in a tallboy can and pours a honeyed gold, which fits. There is a decent head that lingers around.
Smell: Right off the bat, you get a candied citrus aroma. It smells a bit artificial, and I am skeptical of any mass produced “craft beers.” We’ll call this strike one.
Taste: Well, here are strikes two and three. The Honey Citrus Ale starts with a nondescript malt billing. Then a wave of what only can be described as OJ that is past its prime washes over you. It’s sweet, tangy, and definitely off. Tori describes it best as “Natty Light with orange.”
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a dead ringer for a cheap light beer. It’s thin, watery, and then has a pucker factor from the aforementioned “old OJ” flavor.
Value: I mean, at least it was free?
Overall: While Tori claims it is the worst beer she has ever had, I would disagree, but not by much. I’d give this a 3/10 because it is bad, but not absolutely undrinkable. This furthers my aversion of mass produced “craft beers” because they very rarely do it right. So, the next time you’re at the Mariott, go with a real craft beer or get a regular macrobrew.
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!