Firefly from Bad Weather Brewing is a fall seasonal that offers something lighter in tone and body, pouring a bright yellow. On a shelf with the typical brown and amber fall seasonals, it helps make for a colorful array of the season's best.
This American pale ale with rye pours clear with just a touch of cloudiness and a thick, creamy head that remains atop the glass. Rye often gives peppery spice to a beer, but in Firefly it adds depth and character, as the base is a breadlike malt flavor accented with a strong citrus hop component.
The aroma is a blend of biscuit and lemon-orange notes. It starts soft and easy with the malt impression and finishes with a crisp hop bitterness that stings the tongue with its acidity but is dry enough to break off cleanly without any lingering unpleasantness.
Firefly is available seasonally in liquor stores as well as by the glass at Tilia, Zeke's Unchained Animal, Buster's on 28th, and others. The brewery is currently located in Minnetonka and is at work on a new downtown St. Paul space set for an early 2015 opening.
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