One of the newest creations from the ever-brilliant Sawdust City Brewing, the Princess Wears Girlpants is an easy-drinking, dry-hopped Belgian ale featuring the juiciest varieties of New Zealand hops including Motueka, Galaxy, Summit, and Nelson Sauvin. It is made with Belgian yeast for that familiar scent and flavour and uses both 2-Row Malts and Wheat Malts.
This is one brew that I may have to try to hunt down for a second try before I decide how much I really like it. The bottle I tried was the most apple-y beer I have ever had at first sip and I am unconvinced that it was supposed to taste quite that much like a Granny Smith Apple. With that said, the flavour softened the more I drank and I could see it being used for some novel – and potentially kickass – beer cocktails.
Have you tried the Princess Wears Girlpants? What did you think, did it taste just like an apple or should I give it another shot?
The Princess Wears Girlpants
Brewery: Sawdust City Brewing Company
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
ABV: 8.5% IBU: 35
This cloudy, golden IPA is topped with thick, soft, white, fluffy head which dissipates and turns into a nice solid lacing as you drink.
With strong aromas of sour apple and some floral esters, the aroma of this brew is dominated by tropical and orchard fruits with a hint of Belgian character.
The Princess Wears Girlpants is the most sour apple tasting beer I have ever tried, at first sip. Dominated by apple throughout, hops bitterness and slight apricot and citrus break through to release a pungent, leafy and slightly hoppy flavour profile. While it remains fruity throughout, the sour apple taste recedes as you drink leaving a drinkable brew with a bittersweet aftertaste.
This medium-bodied beer has medium, slightly prickly carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.
A nice brew for the summer months, this beer could make a lovely beer cocktail for drinking on a sunny patio. A bit too sour apple for my taste, this is nevertheless quite the refreshing IPA that is light on hops and could be a good introduction to the style for those who prefer lighter, fruitier summer beers. I will definitely have to give it another try to see if it tastes so apple-y next time.