I am slightly but not extremely picky about beer. I prefer to have a micro- or craft-brew over something more generic, with highly logical exceptions for things like beer-heavy drinking games or the eating of hot wings. There is no sense in drinking a good beer just to get sick on it or have its taste overwhelmed by buffalo sauce.
All of which is a long-winded way to say, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale by Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, MO, is never my beer of choice for flip cup. It is, however, one I almost always order when I find it on a draft menu.
I’ve already confessed that I don’t really have the vocabulary to talk about beer, but the description on the Boulevard site for Tank 7 is one I definitely would not have picked:
Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.
I don’t find Tank 7 to be fruity or hoppy. The best way I can think of to describe it is like an IPA without the hoppiness. Maybe that is fruity; I guess now that I think about it, there are citrus notes. Nonetheless, don’t be scared off thinking that Tank 7 is a shandy or overly fruity beer. It’s not. It’s delicious.
Here are some reviews from people who know stuff:
- Beer Advocate, which awarded Tank 7 an Outstanding 93 points
- RateBeer, where Tank 7 has 99 total points
Tank 7 can often be found on draft in the Boston area, especially in places with good craft beer lists such as The Salty Pig and Bukowski Tavern (often served in a smaller pour than other beers due to its high ABV). You can also purchase four packs of Tank 7 (yes, 4 packs!) in the beer case.