Saturday, December 16, 2017

King Harbor Brewing Swirly Ale

Beer Name: Swirly
Brewery: King Harbor Brewing Co. (Redondo Beach, CA)
ABV: 4.7%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; possibly on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $8.49 for 22 oz bottle

Date Purchased: July 28, 2017
Date Received: August 8, 2017
Date Opened: September 23, 2017
When brewed? Was limited-time at one point (bottle still says limited time). Now it is year-round.

What's on the Bottle: "A blend of chocolate and vanilla with a hint of coffee and lactose sugar to create the beer version of a soft serve swirly ice cream cone."

What's on the Website: "A softserve swirl ice cream cone in beer form.  Chocolate, vanilla, lactose w/ a hint of coffee."

Where distributed: As of September 2017, King Harbor distributes within California, namely Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. See if King Harbor ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Pours dark brown into a pint glass. Tan head, trace lacing. 4/5

Smell (25%): Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, with a hint of sweet malt. 4/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose from start to finish. Really a fan of the chocolate and coffee here. Easy drinking. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-light to medium-bodied, some carbonation. 4/5

Overall (20%): A great Brown Ale. I don't drink too many brown ales, but I can get behind this one. Swirly just feels meant to be paired with a soft-serve cone, and perhaps some coffee. So, enjoy Swirly in the morning or at night. Sounds logical to me. King Harbor has some pretty good beers, folks. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4/5

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