Summer is here and breweries are trotting out session beers to enjoy in the hot weather. Tiny House is an Allagash limited release, based on its House Beer, which is low in alcohol and served only at the brewery. Tiny House is even lower in alcohol but shares its older sibling’s Belgian style and dry hopped character.
Tiny House is clearly intended to be a session beer, but it’s one that strives to have a distinctive character and flavor. Let’s give it a try.
Poured into a glass, the beer presents a slightly hazy, golden yellow color and a half inch head that dissipates quickly. There is a lot of action on the bubbles, suggesting heavy carbonation. On the nose, Tiny House provides quite a bit to enjoy including the distinctive smell of the Belgian wheat and some bready yeast along with citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit as well as a touch of melon. The palate follows suit with a light, crisp flavor of wheat coming first, followed by hoppy citrus notes. I also note a bit of the distinctive funk that we find in farmhouse beers, but just a little. Tiny House presents a fair amount of carbonation, but it’s not excessive. The finish is fairly quick, clean, and pleasantly bitter. I have to say, this is an excellent session beer. The flavors are surprisingly bold for the low alcohol level, and they are in excellent balance.
A- / $12 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans / allagash.com