25 Jun

The Princess Wears Girlpants Beer Review

SawdustCity-ThePrincessWearsGirlpantsOne 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

3 out of 5 cats


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.

2 thoughts on “The Princess Wears Girlpants Beer Review

  1. I see that the picture in this article is The Princess Wears Girlpants, but the review leads me to believe that you didn’t drink Princess Wears Girlpants, but rather our barrel aged version of the same beer…”The Princess & Girlpants Meet the ODB”. This beer is decidedly sour as it’s aged in used wine barrels. The hops are faded and it’s aroma and flavour are dominated by barrel and a slight Brett character (appley if you will). Also, this years version of Princess Wears Girlpants does not have Nelson Sauvin, it has Amarillo in it’s place and it’s 9.0% abv not 8.5% as stated in your review. The ODB version is from last year and has Nelson and is 8.5%…hence my belief that you had a bottle of ODB and not The Princess Wears Girlpants. Just a heads up.

    • That is very interesting because the photograph is one I took myself of the very bottle I discuss drinking in this post. As I said, I will really have to try it again but maybe now I will try to find a bottle of both versions and see which one tastes more familiar. Thanks for the input!

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