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Beer – #681 – Speakeasy – Metropolis

This is the BeerClub Beer of the week, always nice to have a random new beer to try, and not really a style I would normally gravitate to.  Unusual beer, unusual band, Usual numbers and the same crowd.

Generously dry-hopped

This is a 12 fl.oz or 355 ml bottle of beer  that is 47 IBU ,  and 159 calories worth, and bing 5.3% ABV makes it  around 1.5 standard drink units.

Brewed by Speakeasy Ales and Lagersin the style: Premium Lager and they are in San FranciscoCalifornia  USA

Generously dry-hopped with a blend of American Mosaic and German Saphir hops, Metropolis is

Brilliant art work and the beast holding it

Brilliant art work and the beast holding it

a crisp & refreshing lager with a tropical fruit aroma and clean, dry finish.

Metropolis Lager pours a radiant gold, with tropical fruit aromas and a delicate floral note. Caramel malts lend a subtle sweetness to balance the dry, crisp character of the lager yeast.

Metropolis unites classic German-style brewing and West Coast innovation to create a refreshing yet flavorful lager.

So, what could possibly go wrong? The bottle has brilliant art work, and that’s another cap for the cap jar, which I will write about soon, it’s nearly full. Metropolis is one of my favourite films, I watched in on demand recently. Anyway to the beer.

That seems hoppy for a lager, or perhaps that’s exactly the right hoppy for a lager beer.

Speakeasy MetropolisThat is a lot darker brown than I was expecting, usually I’d have thought more golden, but it looks brilliant and a lovely head too!

Aroma is hoppy, taste is, well, not what I expected. Whilst slightly more bitter this has a strange under-taste that is a little bit foreign or chemical like.

The bitterness and dryness of finish are nice, and it is of a lager style, but I don’t like that other taste, Spruce or Grapefruit, that this had, It just isn’t comfortable on my tongue.

Don’t happen often with beer and me, where I find something that puzzles and does not delight, which is part of the adventure of drinking beer.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. I just don’t get on with it, which does not make it a good beer, it just makes it not a good beer for me.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? Sadly No.
  • Would I have another? No.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights?  For the artwork and a movie night in I would, just the one though because I don’t think I’d enjoy more.

Music for this : ” Titus Andronicus ” ” The Most LamentableTragedy ” which I have on Spotify.   Titus Andronicus is an American punk/indie rock band from Glen Rock, New Jersey,


A beer that straddles between the mainstream Pale Lager and Pilsner. Not all beers that call themselves Premium Lager are, but those that are will typically have a deep gold to light bronze colour, and distinct influence of malt and hops. They should be free of adjuncts and will have a softer carbonation than Pale Lager or Classic German Pilsner.IBUs will typically range in the 20’s, and lagering times will typically be 4-6 weeks, more in line with what pilsners have. Overall accent will be malty-to-balanced, alcohol in a slightly tighter range than either Pale Lager or Pilsner (4.5-5.5%). Most often the product of a microbrewery or brewpub, but macrobreweries can make this style if they jack up the hops a bit and make it all-malt.


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