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St. Croix Maple Ale

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St. Croix Beer Company
St. Paul, MN

Style: Ale

Baby-Boy’s Rating:
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This beer reminds me of my younger single days, talking to girls at bars. The problem is that I talked to a lot of the wrong kind of girls.

You know how it is: You see a girl, she’s cute and seems friendly enough, so you decide to talk to her. Then, about three minutes after she opens her mouth, you find out cute and blandly friendly is about all she has going for her.

She’s the kind of girl who had the cute bob haircut all the girls have and her jeans aren’t so low she’s sprouting a disgusting muffin top. But then you find out all she can say is that things are “nice.”

The conversation, after introductions, was something like:

Baby-Boy: What do you think of this place?

Cute Girl: It’s nice.

Baby-Boy: What do you do for a living?

Cute Girl: I am getting ready to graduate from college.

Cute Girl’s Friend (who is trying to be helpful and get her some action): Cute Girl just got back from studying abroad in Bolivia. She taught English to children.

Baby-Boy: Really, you studied abroad in Bolivia and taught English to children? What was that like?

Cute Girl: Yeah, it was nice.

That is what drinking this beer was like.

It was good looking enough to approach with a nice, dark amber color. It had that nice hoppy floral smell some beers (and girls) have.

But the problem came after I opened my mouth. The beer was, well, just kind of bland. It wasn’t offensively bad, but for a beer that is supposed to be brewed with maple sugar, there wasn’t much flavor to it. There was some hops in the flavor, but not enough to call it “hoppy.”

It was like a light beer in all the bad ways.

So instead of the Ale Girl, you might be better off talking to her stout friend with the personality—and the Beer Dorks thong—on display.

Reviewed by Baby-Boy Jackson on July 23, 2007.
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