Union Brewing Company moving in down the street. Having something so close to home where they really care about quality is excellent. Their Why Not? is a great example of why I've totally fallen for their stuff. It's an American Pale Ale with 6% abv and 34 IBUs, which is way lower than I expect from an APA, but works out great for someone who isn't a huge hop head. Just goes to show that an APA, IPA, and AIPA are all totally different things and you shouldn't judge a beer by it's style.
This beer came off the beer engine a mild orangish color. There was a wonderful cloud of head floating on the top of the beer. I love watching the cloudy suds slowly form when you are drinking off the cask. The lacing goes on forever when the beer comes off the cask. It had a sweet bready smell with a hint of citrus.
On the first cool taste, it is sweet and bready. There's a tangy hop vibe but nothing crazy bitter or with an unpleasant astringency. It was a big hit of caramel flavor mixed in with some tropical citrus fruits. The mix of flavors goes so well together and keeps it balanced. The beer itself has a light, light mouth feel. I have totally fallen in love with the smooth carbonation of the cask ale. All of this combines to make it a sweet, delicious easy drinking brew. There is a great balance of malt and hops. It is a sweet and tasty apa that I could totally drink every day of the week.
I give it a 4