Well, this is one hell of an odd name for a beer: Oh, Me So Hoppy To Wheat You. I am not sure exactly how many pop culture puns they are trying to work into one title: I can at least identify Full Metal Jacket, to which is added a friendly greeting to divert suspicion from the sexual innuendo, onto which are plastered two beer terms. I might genuinely deem this the worst name for a beer ever.
If you regularly read my articles, then you probably know that one thing that really annoys me is when craft breweries put up these great websites, then do not include information about their history. Am I so wrong for wanting to know who founded the brewery, when, why, and under what circumstances? So from now on, when I find a brewery without this information, I will simply provide the meager wisps of information that they themselves provide. Here is the history that Odd Ales gives about themselves:
Welcome to Odd Side Ales, one of the fastest growing breweries in Michigan. Born in an old piano factory in downtown Grand Haven, Michigan, Odd Side Ales first opened its doors in March 2010. We’ve grown steadily since that first brew, but have never lost sight of our initial goal: to create a variety of complex beers, each with its own unique flavor. To that end, we strive to craft unusual beers that will make your taste buds dance. Whether you’re looking for the perfect IPA or something … just a little different, we’ve got the beer for you.
So, on to Odd Side Ales Oh, Me So Hoppy To Wheat You (5.5% ABV). The company advertises it as a wheat ale with a good amount of hops. Fair enough. I am a big fan of wheat ale with a hoppy twist, so I have great hope for this ale. Generally speaking, wheat adds a nice bitterness and grassiness to an ale. Let’s take a look and see how it stands up to these expectations.
Everything On Tap Review: Odd Ales Oh, Me So Hoppy To Wheat You:
Bottle: The bottle is of dark brown glass. The label is a pale blue, red, and pink paisley pattern. On this pattern is the graphic of what looks like a traditional Japanese house. The lettering is white. It is a very lovely label.
Pour: The color is a golden-brown-amber with very good clarity, except for some waves of light haze here and there. The head is beige and three fingers thick. It is soapy, sudsy, and foamy, and it dissipates slowly, leaving medium lacing.
Aroma: The first bouquet to attack the nose is caramel malted grains. This is followed by sweet molasses and caramel — too sweet for my preferences. Finally on the finish, there is a whiff of floral hops with some bitterness, as well as the very faintest vapors of pine and citrus, as if ghosts. I detect no wheaty bitterness on the nose.
Flavor: The flavor begins with a bit of grassy bitter wheat, but not as much as I would prefer in a wheat ale. This is followed by a decent (but not high) level of hops, including bitterness, pine resin, and flowers, with an ethereal bit of citrus. All of this is paired with a very sweet, malted-grain caramel element. The wheat makes a cameo appearance on the finish, providing a whiff of grassy bitterness. Though the flavor profile is not as evident and frank as I like, still, it is a nice flavor profile overall.
Mouthfeel: The medium body is complemented with medium carbonation and a bit of hoppy bite. It is not crisp, per se, but it finishes sparkling on the throat.
Structure: The structure is medium and reasonably balanced. I believe that the wheat helps to stabilize this ale a bit.
Food Pairing: This ale would go well with a nice fresh salad, perhaps a fresh spinach salad with walnuts and bleu cheese. It would compliment mild, European-style goat cheese very nicely, as well as seared, rare tuna steak.
Overall Rating Out Of 5 Possible Beer Mugs: