Lucid Brewing Air Ale Review: Not Light As Air

Wake up at 5AM, get the kids up, cleaned, fed and ready for school.  Drive cross town through traffic and punch in.  Sleep through one of the six meetings to plan meetings.  Donuts and Coffee.  Too few resources and personnel to complete the project properly.  Work late to meet a deadline.  Go home through traffic.  Get kids.  Cook dinner.  Put them to bed.  DRINK A BEER.  Repeat 5 days a week and sometimes Saturdays.

That is how Jon Messier and Eric Biermann, homebrewing founders of Lucid, describe their lives. I am sure that many of us can relate. Well, in 2011, with the encouragement of their wives, the two men began Lucid Brewing. It is interesting that they used Kickstarter — the group funding website — to garner capital. The beer under consideration in this review, Air, was their first brew, designed to quench the thirst of the workers building the brewery. The company’s motto, as they state it, is: “Only from CLARITY IN THINKING about product lines, ingredients, quality control, packaging design, and distribution, can we produce high quality, flavorful craft beer that is refined yet approachable, the definition of EXCELLENCE IN DRINKING.” So, what kind of ale i produced from clarity in thinking (in all caps)? Let’s find out.

As an ale, we know that Air is top-fermented, and warm-fermented from malted grains. The company describes it as light in body, clean, and crisp.

Everything On Tap Review: Lucid Brewing Air Ale:

Bottle: The light brown glass bottle is graced with a blue label with a tan frame. A giant red letter L cradles a one-eyed, black, spiked-hair entity, and the words Lucid Air are in large, tan letters.

Pour: The color is a hazy golden-copper-bronze, with vague stripes of amber. The one-finger head is bright white and foamy but medium-dense. It dissipates slowly, leaving medium lacing.

Aroma: The attack offers light bread and malt, with the chalky hint of white flour. Then a malty sweetness arises that reminds me of dark honey. On the finish, some light citrus hops release a bouquet. Overall, the aroma is rather light.

Flavor: The flavor is a bit odd. It begins with sweet biscuits (American-style biscuits, not British cookies). This blends into a strange, sweet-citrus element. The hops provide almost no bitterness or any other hops character. The sweet lemon elements continue to the finish. It is a strange flavor combination that I cannot say is pleasant, but not exactly unpleasant. It is just strange.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is certainly crisp, as the company taste. But it also has an unexpected creaminess that belies its Air name. It also exhibits low carbonation, emphasizing that creaminess.

Structure: The structure is light and unstable, even with the creamier mouthfeel.

Food Pairing: I am not sure how to handle the rather odd flavor of this ale. Maybe the lemon element would suit raw oysters on the half shell, or boiled, spicy shrimp.

Overall Rating Out of 5 Possible Beer Mugs:

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