Beer Review: ALVARADO STREET + CHAPMAN CRAFTED NO DOY LAGER

Beer Review: ALVARADO STREET + CHAPMAN CRAFTED NO DOY LAGER

The presentation of Alvarado Street + Chapman Crafted No Doy Lager falls short of expectations. Poured into specialty glassware, the initially vigorous carbonation dissipates rapidly, leaving behind a flat and lifeless pale straw liquid. The label design, while original with an 8-bit video game aesthetic, doesn’t compensate for the lackluster visual appeal.

Aroma

The aromatic profile is an unexpected blend of honey rolls, flowers, vanilla cake, and lemonade, coupled with a noticeable presence of smokey phenols. Despite the emphasis on clean lager fermentation in the official description, the phenols introduce an element that contradicts this claim. The scent suggests a smoked helles, a detail not disclosed in the product description.

Taste

Phenolic notes dominate the initial taste, resembling smoked meat, which adds an unconventional twist to the flavor profile. The Amarillo-induced pineapple character becomes the saving grace, creating an unintentional Hawaiian pizza combination. Despite the oddity, the overall taste remains refreshing, semi-sweet, and medium-bodied. However, a goopy malt character lacks balance due to insufficient bitterness. The apparent bitterness rates at a mediocre 5 out of 10, while sweetness is slightly elevated at 6. The low carbonation contributes to a lackluster beer with a poor, papery, and soapy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel

For a pale lager, No Doy Lager’s body could benefit from a lighter feel. The goopy malt character, combined with a less-than-clean flavor profile, results in a subpar drinking experience. The Amarillo hops fail to assert themselves, offering a nuanced rather than an assertive presence. The overall mouthfeel lacks the crispness expected in a quality lager.

Overall

In summary, Alvarado Street + Chapman Crafted No Doy Lager falls short of expectations for a pale lager. The phenolic qualities, reminiscent of smoke, may be an acquired taste and could stem from issues with water profile, sanitizer residue, or unfinished lagering. Despite personal preferences favoring smoked beers, the lack of clarity in marketing may deter some drinkers. The beer’s visual appeal, combined with an unconventional flavor profile and suboptimal mouthfeel, contributes to an overall mediocre experience.