Brewery: Nickel Brook Brewing Company
Thoughts: Cause and Effect Blonde has a hazy, amber appearance in the glass. You can really smell the hops.
It shares a few qualities of a pale ale but with a couple of differences. Firstly, the hops are in no way bitter, which suits my personal preference. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste but it actually fades away pretty quickly. In almost perfect balance with the hops is a sweet wheat and grain taste and it ever so slightly alters the taste of the hops giving them more of an earthy foundation that I find especially intriguing. Once swallowed, aside from the aforementioned brief bitterness, the exhale brings back that wheat/grain flavor, but this time without the hops.
I would call this a complex beer that took me a bit to figure out. I was trying to pick out any hints of citrus but couldn’t due to the hops. What I love most about it is how the hops and the grains both have their independence, hop aroma and grain exhale, but then come together in a wonderful way during the mouthful.
I should also mention that the body is fairly light and goes down clean.