Left Hand is known for making big beers - and even bigger boasts. The Colorado company delights in hyperbole and, in a way, dares you to try its beers.
Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer: Polestar Pilsner
Beer type: Pilsner lager
ABV: 5.5 percent
Price: $9.50 for a six-pack
Grade: 2.5 stars out of four
Why I tried it :
Left Hand is known for making big beers - and even bigger boasts. The Colorado company delights in hyperbole and, in a way, dares you to try its beers. As I searched for something light and smooth to drink during bowl week, I discovered a six-pack of Left Hand's year-round pilsner. It read: "Let Polestar guide you out of the wilderness, just as the North Star has guided explorers to their destinations and back home again."
Pretty hard to pass that up.
What I thought :
After opting for hefty pale ales and pitch-black porters recently, it took me a second to remember how to appreciate a lager, my first love. Once I recalibrated those taste buds to a pilsner's distinct approach and reward, Polestar came through as a solid, refreshing beer.
Served cold and straight from the bottle, it had a bitter, hoppy kick and none of that staleness you associate with your buddy's game-day beer. It might not be as bright or unique as the North Star, but it tops most of the lighter-bodied stuff your friends will be swilling during Monday's BCS title game.
Polestar paired perfectly with chicken gumbo, chips and salsa - so it will come in handy if you're set to eat a hearty, spicy football meal.