Air Hostess From The 60’s
Hazy Pale Ale from Evasion Brewing
Have you ever tasted a hazy pale ale before? The Air Hostess From The 60’s Hazy Pale Ale (Yep, it’s a mouthful!) is brewed by Evasion Brewing in Oregon. Originally it was packaged in 12 ounce bottles, but it has since shifted to cans.
I got this beer straight from the brewery when I was there for the Old World Kolsch brew, so I’m not sure how far it’s distributed. To answer my own question, with all the hazy IPAs I’ve reviewed in the past, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a hazy pale. The haze craze is spreading!
The Air Hostess From The 60’s is brewed on a base of millet, buckwheat, rice, and GF oats in a dedicated gluten free facility. That makes this beer safe for anyone who can tolerate gluten free oats. (I’m curious…how many of you can drink beers with oats in the ingredient list?)
The hop bill for this Hazy Pale Ale includes Amarillo, Meridian, Mandarina Bavaria, and Citra hops. What a combo! I’m excited to smell and taste all the flavors this blend creates, considering the Air Hostess From The 60’s is only a 10 IBU pale. This beer has an easy-drinking ABV of just 5%.
The Taste Test
Air Hostess From The 60’s Hazy Pale Ale
This Hazy Pale Ale gave a beautiful pour. It created a substantial head, one that has yet to completely disappear, even several minutes after the pour. It is hazy indeed and has a ochre orange color. Even once the head bubbles away, a thick ring of bubbles surrounding a hardy island lingers around the edge of the glass.
It smells like citrus (lots of grapefruit and orange) and toffee biscuits. Certainly hoppy, but graceful in its aromatic presentation. The Air Hostess From The 60’s Hazy Pale Ale is very clean and dry when it first hits the palate. It’s carbonation is moderate and imparts a textural crispness to this hazy pale.
I have to say, the aroma has much more citrus than the taste. The fruit contained in the flavor profile almost tastes like a mild berry, like blueberry, along with plenty of tropical subtleties. I would classify this as a medium bodied beer.
There is no one overpowering quality to the hop profile of this hazy pale ale, which surprises me a bit. The 4 varieties of hops seem to blend gracefully with one another, offering a wonderfully balanced background to the beer’s texture.
The Air Hostess From The 60’s is hardly bitter at all, resting at a mere 10 IBU, but I do detect the slightest presence of bitterness gently awakening after the swallow. Nothing that would scare even the mildest of bitter hop enthusiasts.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, I often try pale ales that you could easily call an IPA, in terms of hop presence. But the Air Hostess From The 60’s is very much a pale ale. It is very easy drinking, and the hazy quality does add some depth to the body. I’ll say it again…it’s very dry, which I like.
I would imagine this beer is pretty versatile in terms of it’s appeal across palate preferences. I enjoy it and I love the aroma, but the flavor profile is slightly uninteresting to me. But it is fantastic for those who enjoy a crisp and dry hoppy ale, without all the bitterness that comes along with the IPA style.
This brew reminds me of a quality shared by many of the Holidaily Brewing beers, it is unoffensive and smooth on both the onset and the finish. It’s low(er) ABV also lends to an easy drinking ale suitable for just about any occasion. It is unassuming enough to be enjoyed alongside a meal too.
At the end of the day, I wouldn’t personally peg this as my favorite Evasion Brewing beer (I blame the low IBU…Ha!), but it is a solid one that I would offer to anyone a bit wary of too much hops. Or anyone from outside the Pacific Northwest. :)
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