Beer Review: Piney River Brewing – Missouri Mule
Style: India Pale Ale
Drink if you like: Forward-looking statements, April showers, May flowers, beasts of burden
Screw the groundhog, spring is knocking. Sure, we’ll fight the tug-of-war weather battle for a few more weeks, but the snow is officially gone!* For a lot of beer drinkers, this change of seasons brings an unconscious conversion in beer selections. Dark, heavy Stouts and Winter Warmers give way to light, crisp, refreshing Pilsners, Saisons, Bocks, and IPAs. We no longer rely on beer for warmth and comfort, we now look for different attributes. Which beer makes that “spring forward” thing seem like a good idea? Which beer will provide refreshment to my wife after a long day of yard work? Which beer can make a perfectly-balanced, two-man canoe feel like a low-budget carnival ride?**
A short answer to all of the above…Piney River Brewing Missouri Mule IPA.
Missouri Mule pours clear golden amber with soapy head. Lines of thin lacing keeps track of every sip. The smell is pine, citrus, pine, caramel malt, grass, floral hops…and more wonderful pine. The taste closely resembles the smell with layers of balanced pine, toasty caramel malt, with hints of citrus and floral hops. Bitterness high-fiving sweetness. We have to comment on the quality of ingredients in this beer. Balance is one thing, but overall taste is a true reflection of the elements used. The quality of these ingredients are very high. Clean, crisp freshness is apparent at the start and we appreciate this level of excellence. The body is medium and smooth. Overall, this is one of the better IPAs available in Arkansas.
Oh, and it comes in a pint can. A PINT CAN! The perfect companion for those hikes, canoe trips, Spring Break vacations, and baseball games†. As the can says, “Pack it in, Pack it out, Enjoy Nature”.
We gave this beer 4 Diamonds
*Arkansas Beer Blog is not responsible for unpredictable weather patterns typical to Arkansas.
**Arkansas Beer Blog does not condone the consumption of beer to a point of destabilization and/or tumping your canoe (without life jackets).
†Arkansas Beer Blog does not recommend popping open a delicious pint can of IPA at the start little league game††.
††Arkansas Beer Blog does not recommend the consumption of alcohol at any point during a little league game, getting into a fight with an opposing team’s dad, even though you’re sorry, you thought this was America.