“99 is an easy drinking honey golden ale that is meant to be enjoyed by beer drinkers on all levels. A slight sweetness and rich flavor is derived from the honey malt used along with other specialty grains. This craft beer was also created to unite the cities of the San Joaquin Valley connected by California Highway 99. Toast your friends who live here, live your craft beer life to the fullest, and remember to drink local!” 4.8% ABV
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic imperial pint glass. The color is golden-honey, similar to apple juice. The head is nearly white and thin and sudsy. A small amount of carbonation crawls up the side of the glass. Good lacing is left throughout.
A small amount of hops mixed with some sweet malts. All scents are light.
Medium bodied and moderately smooth going down, just a bit of bitterness/harshness. The initial flavor is of light, sweet honey and citrus hops. This leads to light malt graininess, before finishing moderately dry with a grainy/nutty aftertaste that lingers on the palate.
I found this beer to be pretty tasty. The light, delicate hops in the flavor offer a refreshing taste that make me want to grab a nice cold one at a warm baseball game. There may be a little too much generic graininess in the aftertaste, keeping this brew from being spectacular, but this is still a beer that can be enjoyed by those of all levels of taste preference. My wife (not really a big beer drinker) quite it enjoyed it as well. 7/10.
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. – Fresno, California