The clock’s struck 5:00—it’s quitting time. It’s time to shake off the workday blues, catch a beer with the colleagues, and talk behind the boss’ back. Put aside the paperwork, hang up the helmet, or shed whatever tools and accoutrements associated with one’s profession as they won’t be needed in the pub. What will be needed is a nice, simple beer to wash away the day’s toil and grime. What’s needed is a 5:00 O’Clock Afternoon Ale (5% ABV) from Renegade Brewing Company.
Color: A blonde ale, 5:00 is true to the style with a sunshine yellow body with happy, wispy, tendrils of pure white foam sitting atop. 5:00 would likely be a clear beer had it not been for a dollop of yeast that came out of the can whilst pouring. Pour 5:00 carefully lest one wants floaties in their beer.
Aroma: There’s not much to report in terms of 5:00’s aroma except that it is faint and reminiscent of citrus fruit—likely lemon.
Taste: The flavor of 5:00 is not unlike the spicy, fruity quality of a Belgian tripel albeit toned down to sessionable levels (both in terms of alcohol content and in strength of flavor). There’s a mild flash of lemon towards the end of the taste and 5:00 wraps it up with a little bit of clove.
Mouthfeel: 5:00 is a spritely, lively beer. It tingles and flits about the palate but also leaves the mouth feeling slick and oily.
Punch out, race for the elevator, loosen the tie, and pop the top on a can of 5:00. The working men and women of America—the people that break their backs to keep this country running—deserve nothing less than the best i.e. Colorado craft beer.