beer review! : Brooklyn Brewery Kiwi’s Playhouse

sour number two! this one’s got kiwi! (my review of sour number one is here)

here’s the whole description from Brooklyn Brewery, which i should note says that this is better than rosé. truly a bold claim so we’ll see how it holds up

The kiwi fruit is a very odd thing indeed. It’s sweet, tart, playful….but also brown, furry, and supernatural green on the inside. Frankly, the kiwi is altogether weird, but it’s also pretty delicious. Did we go there? We sure did, by peeling an entire pallet-full of ripe fresh kiwi fruit and adding it to a finely tuned sour beer in red wine barrels for a few months. We blended this with another beer that’s spent over a year in barrels to add extra complexity, and then re-fermented it all in the bottle.

The result is Kiwi’s Playhouse, a strong, playful beer with a distinctly tart edge. Kiwi’s Playhouse sports a bright palate that’s dry, full of tropical fruit and more delicious than eye-watering. It’s great with everything you want to eat this summer – barbecue, fish tacos, seafood, salads, goat cheeses. Forget the rosé and get yourself into Kiwi’s Playhouse. Trust us – it’s more fun in here.

it starts with a pretty mild nose with no particular flavors jumping out, and a nice fluffy head that hangs around a while. straight sour at the front and then a light fruitiness. if you didn’t know it was kiwi i doubt most drinkers would be able to pinpoint the specific fruit, although it is meaningfully different from citrus or berry-oriented sours. while the sourness up front is very tart and sharp, it also has a second-stage sourness that’s drier and little more vegetal. i didn’t love the first few sips but this one is growing on me as the complexity comes out. i’ve not had many of Brooklyn’s more experimental beers so this one is a pleasant surprise, particularly as it’s an extremely drinkable 9% ABV.

all that said, this wouldn’t be replacing my rosé anytime soon, though i can see it being very delicious with some fish tacos. 4.5/5

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