Pink Dragon WIT
Fruity looking glass, 5% ABV
At Max Burger CT Tap Takeover, West Hartford
You might want to sit down for this one: I love this ridiculous beer. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is a stunt beer, but it’s pretty close. And yet, I really did love it. And that surprised the heck out of me.
This beer is a white ale, a style I don’t usually fawn over.
This beer is pink with hibiscus flowers. Pink.
This beer is super fizzy. Tons of tiny bubbles.
What the serious [BEEP]?
And yet, again, I really enjoyed this beer. But, oh! There’s more!
I bought my first glass of this at a Connecticut beer tap takeover night at Max Burger. Relic was releasing their (excellent) Ryepocolypse and of course Gandhi was on tap and all that good stuff.
But I ordered a Pink Dragon WIT first because it was light and lower in alcohol and it would give me another check mark for another Connecticut beer I had never had. As if to say, “Hey, THIS GUY is drinking a pink fruity flower beer, so STARE AT HIM!” my beer was served in some giant pilsner-flute glass thing that was like a foot tall.
And here I thought I was friends with the Max Burger crew.
(I know, I know, wits are supposed to be served in such glasses, but this one was just so tall. So… so tall.)
Broad Brooks says:
We brew ours mostly to the traditional recipe but we add a bunch of dried hibiscus flowers at the end of the boil and it turns the beer pink. We also over carbonate a bit to give it a champagne like quality
See? “Champagne like.” Bubbles. Hence the glassware.
I don’t front. As I drank this first beer among my Gandhi and Ryepocolypse drinking beer snob/nerd/geek friends, I told them that I thought it was really good. I do clearly recall some askance looks. Whatever. It’s like how Broad Brook’s poster says this is a “White Ale” even though it’s as pink as hell. They don’t give a crap and I don’t give a crap.
And here’s where my story gets really crazy. My friend Doug, who runs Max Burger, saw I was in need of another beer. He asked me what I wanted and…
And I said I wanted another Broad Brook Pink Dragon WIT. He assumed I was kidding, what with Gandhi on tap and all. Nah, dude, I want another pink beer in a giant glass, thankyouverymuch.
And that’s what I got.
This is easily the sweetest beer I have ever given an A grade too. And the pinkest. And the floweriest. And the bubbliest.
I really don’t know how this all worked for me, but it did. The champagne-like bubbles were not a distraction at all, and the hibiscus, while absolutely present on the nose and the tongue, pitched a great balance with the wheatiness of the base beer. Pink Dragon is unique and a bit corny, but I’m telling you, it was a very well-made beer.
To answer your two questions:
I have no idea why Broad Brook capitalizes “WIT,” and,
I only had two of them and then proceeded to drink a couple Bots to regain some cred.
Whatever, man. Screw you all.
Overall Rating: A
Rating vs. Similar style: n/a