18th Street Brewery
American Pale Ale
Pale Ale's are a lot like opinions. There's some good ones and there's some not so good ones. Some, you just can't help but fall in love with. After all, when well-executed, the American Pale Ale holds in its glass the ability to compete with just about any beer style out there. Yes, I said it. Call me crazy, but, in my mind, it's pretty tough to beat a citrus-packed brew wrapped in a refreshing body of clean, crisp, and well-balanced hops, especially on a hot summer day. Such is the case with 18th Street's Temporal Purgatory.
Coming in at 5.9% ABV, this rotating effort from Drew Fox and company pours a cloudy combination of orange and amber hues with a half inch of quickly dissipating white head.
Notes of oranges, grapefruit, lemon zest, little hints of caramel, and just all around fruity goodness dominate the nose. I probably have said this before, (And I meant it then but I really, really mean it now) but this brew is on a whole new level with regards to aroma. The aromatics on this are so inviting that I'm finding it difficult not to dive in and start chugging. So, now that we've got the nose covered, let's chug! Cheers!
Wow! This is good. Super crisp with a lighter to medium-bodied profile, Temporal Purgatory delivers notes of oranges, mangos, peaches, papaya, and caramel with the perfect balance of both grassy and floral hops. Surprisingly sessionable, positively refreshing, and undeniably tasty, this brew is so full of tropical fruit notes, you'll believe you're sitting on an island beach drinking local fruit juice. There is definitely some artistry at work here. But should I really be surprised?
18th Street's meteoric rise to fame amongst many a beer giant, and there are many, is a direct reflection of their hard work and dedication to the craft, pumping out hit after hit after hit for an adoring legion of dedicated fans. So, for what it's worth, if you haven't already, I recommend that you start paying attention to what's being brewed in your own backyard. Otherwise, sadly, you may find yourself missing out on the next gem, Temporal Purgatory included, brought to you by the little engine from Miller Beach that could and is.
93/100 + Bonus Points for how well it works as a chicken marinade.