Well, didn’t that work out just right? There I was at Taco Mac working on my Brewniversity studies, and next up was Brewniversity credit 666. For that I had to pick a hell of a beer (pun intended), and as Carson’s Eville American Wheat Ale was newly tapped, that’s the beer I chose. See? Worked out perfectly.
Eville Wheat is my first ever beer from the Carson’s brewery of Evansville, Indiana. Carson’s was founded there in 2012, but beer and brewery historians will know Evansville as the home of the now-defunct Sterling brewery that once distributed beer far and wide in the nation’s heartland. I once drank Sterling Lager myself and remember it as a less than memorable but, to be fair, average interpretation of the American light lager style.
Back to Carson’s, though. Here’s what they say about their Eville American Wheat Ale:
This wheat kicks ass and takes names! Strong, fresh, aggressive American hops smack your face, but you want more. Intense citrus, spicy hop and wheat malt flavors erupt yet finish amazingly smooth. The Eville will grow in you!
Carson’s Eville American Wheat Ale has an alcohol content of 6% by volume with 25 IBUs. I paid a very reasonable $5.50 for a full 20-ounce mug. I drank this beer in August and I’m a little late fleshing out my tasting notes, but need to add I have yet to see any other Carson’s beers since.
Carson’s Eville American Wheat Ale pours to a pale orange color with a medium head of fizzy foam and a good whiff of fruity citrus hops in the nose. Taking a sip light tart wheat in the palate barely emerges before an assault of piney resin and grapefruit hops. Those hop flavors lead the beer into a very long and dry bitter finish. This is not your usual wheat, not even your usual American wheat, but it is very refreshing indeed. Dare I call it a wheat IPA?
Tasty and fairly priced, I’ll be looking for more beers from Carson’s to be sure.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.