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Arcadia Brewing Company
Battle Creek, MI

Style: American Wheat
ABV: 6.2%

Eddie’s Rating:
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer   (Drinkable, but flawed)

Pair With:
• Halibut
• Salads
• Salmon
Barrel-aging is all the rage right now in craft brewing circles. The prevailing belief almost seems like if a beer is good, it’ll be that much better aged in whiskey, bourbon, or wine barrels. If done right, barrel-aging can really enhance a beer’s complexity, but your more delicate styles, like, say, a wheat beer, aren’t going to be able to hack it. The sourness and secondary flavors coming from the barrel’s previous occupant can easily overwhem lighter beers, and that is what we get with Arcadia’s Whitsun: sourness and … that’s it. From the nose through to almost the very end (there is just the tiniest note of citrus at the last possible second) lambic-style sourness dominates everything. If you can only taste one flavor, it’s not really complex, is it?

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on July 3, 2006.
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