Tioga-Sequoia 'Cool As A Cucumbier' Pilsner

Tioga Sequoia Cucumber Pilsner 1
Tioga-Sequoia 'Cool As A Cucumbier' Pilsner. 4.9% abv. 22 IBU. Clear straw golden color. Finger of white small-bead head. Excellent retention and lace. Nose of cucumber, grass, mild spicy botanical. Front taste of cucumber, canned veggies, celery root, bitter herbal on  the back end. Aftertaste is herbal, grassy, vegetal. Light body. Mouthfeel is cool, crisp, light, dry finish.

This is a unique and interesting beer that challenges my tastebuds. "Refreshing" is the word often used to describe it. I certainly agree that it's refreshing, in regards to its light flavor and body. It's best enjoyed at a backyard barbecue like the one I was at. The challenge comes in the amount of cucumber taste. The beer absolutely delivers on its promise of cucumber, and it should be commended for not fearing its own flavor as many novelty beers do. However, I'm afraid it crosses my personal line for cucumber, its flavor crossing over into grass clippings and celery root. Pass on this one.

From the brewery:

"We have taken the phrase “Cool as a Cucumber” to the next level. Cucumbier is a cool crisp Pilsner made the traditional way using Bohemian malts, and Saaz hops. A subtle cucumber flavor rolls gently into grassy notes of the hops, and then finishes soft and smooth. We hand peel and juice hundreds of pounds of locally sourced organic cucumbers to produce this well balanced, exceptional lager. Cucumbier is perfect for floating down the river, hiking in the high Sierra, or simply barbecuing in your backyard. Enjoy!"
[source: tiogasequoia.com]

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