Really nice. Loads of gorgeous tropical fruit notes, some nice salty and savoury notes on the palate, and more yeast than you can shake a stick at. Comparing it to the other Local Barley I’ve tried, this one seems a bit simpler and somehow younger, but it doesn’t lag far behind in being delicious. This one’s certainly worth a try, and maybe a buy if you can find it at or near MSRP.
Nose: Funky-fresh. Plenty of fruity yeast funk and malted barley. Melon, lime, peach, banana, papaya, coconut water, and fresh flowers. A bit of a fruit candy flavour. Black pepper, seaweed, salt, nutmeg, and a hint of old soot. Some lightly salted nuts. Like a tiki cocktail with a sea breeze in your face.
Palate: Thick texture. Sweet and floral. Salt and tropical fruit up front, turning more savoury, malty, and slightly leathery. Earth, dried mango, yeast, sushi rice, and more yeast on the development, then black pepper, sunflower seeds, flowers, and a small amount of fragrant peat smoke. Fresh herbs: parsley, mint, and a hint of rosemary and licorice. Just a whisper of pine forest on the back end.
Finish: Short and sweet. Mostly an extension of the palate. Apples, lemon drops, ginger, plum, and sweet mint. Some lingering peppery smoke and yeast.