Review: Mexican Logger, Ska Brewing


Mexican Logger
Ska Brewing Co. — Durango, CO

Stats:
  • Style:  Mexican Lager
  • Bitterness:  18 IBU
  • ABV:  4.2%  
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Saaz
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description:  "Some beers work a littler harder than others for your enjoyment. This one chops down trees all day for it. The perfect Mexican Lager. Light and refreshing, it really hits the spot after a long day of brutal chainsaw work." — Ska Brewing Co.


Random thoughts:  Back in March, I profiled Ska's Modus Hoperandi. A reader suggested I try Mexican Logger, Ska's summer seasonal. Ska doesn't distribute in Oregon, so I picked this up during a recent trip to Arizona. The label you see in the picture above was not the beer's original label artwork. There was a bit of controversy about its political correctness, and it was redesigned. For more details, click here.

The tasting:  Light gold in color, clear, with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of bready malt with grassy and spicy hops. The flavor mirrors the aroma. Overall, it's simple and clean with no off flavors. Hop bitterness is very low and alcohol isn't noticeable in aroma or flavor.  Mexican Logger is light bodied, softly carbonated, and finishes dry. It's quite refreshing—you might find yourself drinking a few of these on a hot summer day.  

Rating:   4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  As part of my homebrewing "research," I've learned that making a good clean lager is not easy to do because there is nowhere for flaws to hide. In a heavily hopped, high ABV, or flavored beer, flaws (off-flavors) can be easily masked. Not so with this style. I've gained a new found appreciation for the light lagers (the non macro variety). If Mexican Logger is available in your area, try it before it disappears for the season!

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2 comments:

Geno said...

Glad you followed up on that one. Really wish I could get me some again!

Sanjay said...

Hey Geno. Thanks for the great recommendation! Cheers!

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