When a beer is simply named Cold One, it’s looking to play a very simple role. And so it’s tempting to give it a simple description: “tastes like a beer”.
But that wouldn’t give credit to the work that’s gone into making this beer what it is. Ballistic’s original mid-strength core beer Pilot Light has had a full makeover to create this, with the hop bill, mash schedule, and even water profile getting loads of attention. The hops bring light fruitiness while the wheat and oats make for a smooth, full body. It achieves the same goal Ballistic’s mid-strength always did – enough character and bitterness to satisfy a discerning drinker, but low enough alcohol to enjoy while keeping your wits about you.
We could talk about the first edges of gold on the morning dew, or the melodic fruit tones that tinkle across the tongue, or the bitterness landing on the palate as gently as a butterfly on your finger (well, a big butterfly – there’s a decent kick of bitterness in the tailend).
Or we could say this is a great cold beer for long days.
- Mid-Strength Pale Ale