Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quick Sip 004. Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale

Another good bet from THE Texas legends! The Little Brewery in Shiner brings us Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale.

Truth in blogging moment, folks. This is not one of my stream-of-consciousness first-impression blogs. I've had this before a few months ago (or possibly longer, I forget).

I saw this big bottle at the store the other night (probably HEB or Randall's in NW Houston). Don't recall what I paid for it. Probably around $3 - $3.50, but it could have been as low as $2.49. All in all, not bad for a 1 pint 8 ounce bottle.

When you pop the top, the first thing that will hit you is a strong smell of yeast. Initially, this put me off, but I've come to like it. It's a nice change of pace from the many stouts, porters and hard ciders I've been drinking of late.

After the yeast comes the hops and some spices (probably pepper, but maybe clove and something else I'm not sure of). The pour is pleasant with a nice yellow (just a hint of gold) and a fabulous 2-finger head that left a marvelous trail of lace around my glass.

When it comes to frolicking in the cold, this ale is not a one-trick pony. That is to say, it has something to offer when served ice cold and something more to offer when served a little warmer (around 50 degrees F). The cold version delivers a tight, crisp feeling on your tongue and goes down with the flavors in tight control. But, as it warms up, there is a pleasant taste that is similar to a wheat beer, but not as strong. At both temperatures, the medium carbonation faded quickly, but the bubbles still felt nice dancing on my tongue.

I like this beer. It's the sort of thing I could picture indulging in on a warm Spring or early Summer evening.  I will definitely be buying this one again.
From their Website: Just south of the brewery there’s a road called FM 966. And now there’s a beer called FM 966. Coincidence? All we know is that this spring provisional ale made with pilsner and wheat malts is spicy, fruity, and always hits the spot.

My score: 7.5 out of 10

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