Review - Southern Tier Brewing Company's Phin & Matts Extraordinary Ale
"When Phin and Matt sat down to collaborate on their new beer, they knew it had to be different if they were to call it extraordinary. "Let sprinkle it with fairy dust and wave our magic wands," said Phin. "No way," said Matt, "We've got to do better than that. This beer has to be better than any other in the galaxy." "Let's do some market research." So the two strapped on their rocket pack packs and traveled to the intergalactic beer store. After sampling an array of beers from across the galaxy, the duo hit on an idea. "I've got it" exclaimed Matt, "we'll use vast amounts of whole hops, the finest malt, and put a little more love in every batch." "Eureka!" shouted Phin. And thus became a beer so fresh and tasty the duo put their names on it. 37 IBU's, 5.6% ABV" -- Sherwood Forest Brewers
This Extraordinary Ale pours a light, hazy amber color with a slight yellow tinge with a quicky diminishing, off-white head that leaves fair rings of lacing on the glass. The nose is of piney, citrusy hops that don't overwhelm, leaving an appetizing waft in our nostrils. The taste is interesting, with a light grapefruit bitter taste up front, picking up a sprinkled sugar sweet finish like it had gone through the Juice Tiger. Light to medium in body, it has a creamy texture on the mouth, but leaves us with a slightly oily film, carried by a slightly active carbonation.
Reviewed on June 16th, 2007.