Captain Kidd’s Kölsch is a German-style Kölsch brewed by Pirate Republic Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this review, the ale was served in a pilsener glass from a can.
The Kölsch pours a crystal-clear yellow gold and is topped by a finger-thick cap of bubbly white froth that dissipates rapidly. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue on the glass.
The aroma is initially non-existent but offers a slight scent of sweet grain as the beer warms.
Taste begins with a light cracker malt that transitions quickly to a pronounced bite of spicy and floral hops. Finishes with a lingering bite of lemon juice and spicy hop flavor. A subtle honey flavored base ties the palate together.
Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a medium-light body and ample carbonation.
This is a brew of hits and misses. Its appearance is fine. The aroma is typically slight for the style but is practically non-existent in this brew. Excellent mouthfeel is really nice on the tongue. Lastly, in spite of a low IBU count, a hop-dominated palate defies the expected balance and the resulting taste is more like a pilsener.
All that being said, this is still a refreshing brew, and should you happen to be in Nassau, Captain Kidd’s Kölsch is a welcome respite from the tropical heat.