Who doesn’t like pina coladas? And being British, we’re used to getting caught in the rain. I can’t say much about health food, but I AM into this berliner weisse from Edge which is, in my opinion, better than an actual pina colada.
Controversial, I know.
As with many sour beers, the challenge is to make the flavour punchy enough to stand out against the sourness of the beer. With Pina Colada, this has been dealt with by packing it full of fruity tropicalness which, along with the crisp lightness, makes it a delicious option for those who want to cocktail, but don’t want the spirits.
It also has the added allure of winning silver twice in the international beer category at the Barcelona Beer Challenge. Not that you should need to be persuaded.
Coconut is the first thing you smell when you pop the cap, which eventually gives way to a pineapple tartness. The pour is light and fizzy, popping like champagne and throwing bubbles of fruitiness everywhere.
On the tongue the coconut is there again but is subtle, acting as a middleman between the earthier malty flavour and the sharp, citrusy pineapple to balance the beer out beautifully.
At the back and into the aftertaste, the pineapple fades and leaves the coconut as the main flavour with a touch of malt to round the beer off. It’s a party beer, and you could easily sink 4 or 5 without having the consequences of sinking 4 cocktails - what’s not to love.
Bright, vivid colours from a marketplace with clear blue skies, stalls bursting with fruit and a sandy ground colour that put you in mind of exotic foreign marketplaces where you can haggle over the price of pineapples.
The beer name features prominently on the front in an eye-catching font, with the brewery logo heading the label. It’s a great bottle design that looks tasty before you even get to the checkout.
You can get that tropical feel for just £3.69 if you’re an Honest Brew member, although even if you aren’t it’s just £3.99 which is way cheaper than an actual cocktail, and a lot less fruit to drink around too.