Son of a Peach Wheat Ale Review – Lee Salawich
My beer choices are influenced by many things: reviews on The Brew Club and other beer sites, the company’s other products or reputation, variety, bottle/can graphics, and recommendations by friends and store employees among other things. But how about an in-flight magazine? Yup, an in-flight magazine!
The May 2011 Southwest “Spirit Magazine,” which I read on the flight to Detroit when traveling to the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, contained an article on Upcountry South Carolina . The article mentioned Spartanburg, SC’s RJ Rockers Brewing Company and their famous “Son of a Peach” beer. Being so intrigued by what I read in “Spirit Magazine,” I had to try one!
I’m not a huge fan of wheat beers, so, after searching quite a few stores, when I finally located a bottle at Columbia Maryland’s Perfect Pour, the local beer emporium, I was happy not ecstatic. Unlike other folks, including Mike, a recent poster to The Brew Club, I’m not a real fan of fruity beer. Severe strawberry and cherry allergies limit the fruit beer choices, so perhaps there are some great beers I’m simply unable to try.
My favorite one of the, admittedly, limited number I’ve sampled, is Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier. Unfortunately, the either “love it or hate it” Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic is, as you can guess by the word that begins this sentence, in the “hate” category; it’s one of the few beers that was a “sinker.” So where would Son of a Peach fall in this spectrum?
One side of the label states that Son of a Peach is “An unfiltered American wheat-ale made with real mean peaches. The only thing missing is the fuzz. Savor the anger.” Gotta love that! The other side states “Ale brewed with real peaches and with natural flavor added.”
Son of a Peach pours an opaque light copper color with tons of carbonation and a very minimal head which remains throughout the glass as it is consumed. As one would expect, the aroma is of peaches, similar to a can of Dole sliced peaches. The peach flavor is what one tastes first; it’s quite apparent, and is an almost cloying, artificial peach taste. Once the flavor subsides, what follows is a slightly bitter aftertaste. No mouth or tongue coating lingered after Son of a Peach was swallowed.
Son of a Peach is a 5.8% ABV but seems to be pack more punch than that. Guess that’s the anger.
After the build up and difficulty in locating it, I really wanted to like Son of a Peach. To be honest, I liked the smell more than the taste, so the score is two stars. I encourage fans of wheat and fruit flavored beer to try it and comment accordingly; perhaps you will thoroughly enjoy this example. Cheers!