Date: Saturday, 16 October 2010
Location: The Homestead
Meridian Park, Indianapolis
Next beer out of the New Glarus box: Totally Naked.
I'm guessing that some of you may sometimes suffer from palate fatigue when you drink beer. Perhaps you've had more than a couple of hop bombs and you just can't tolerate the bitterness any longer. Maybe a 12% ABV imperial stout has been hitting your tongue with such richness that the flavor crosses the line from lovely to almost cloying. Or maybe you've had so much of a sour ale that your mouth is about to form into a permanent pucker.
Or . . . maybe I'm just a beer wuss and palate fatigue happens only to me.
Regardless, on more than a few occasions, I'm not looking for the biggest, baddest thing in the beer world. Just something mellow and eminently drinkable. New Glarus's Totally Naked falls into that category. This beer is a pale lager that New Glarus rolls out seasonally (I'm assuming that it's a summer beer), and the warm October weather seemed like a good excuse for me to crack one open. Totally Naked is quite effervescent. I would go as far as to say that the beer is almost champagne-like due to its fizziness, which imparts a super-crisp mouthfeel to the beer. In nose and taste, Totally Naked has notes of grass, bread, grapes, and apples, all backed up with a slightly sweet maltiness. Given its flavor profile, Totally Naked is a beer that welcomes a multiple pint episode. Indeed, at 4.2% ABV, it's definitely sessionable. Totally Naked may not be a world-beater, but sometimes a world-beater isn't needed to satisfy one's thirst.
Previously: The New Glarus Project, Part 1; The New Glarus Project, Part 2