06 Jul Brash EZ-7 American Pale Ale by Nick B
American Pale Ale
Packaging: Draft, 32 oz Crowler, Six pack 12oz cans
Nothing is better than getting a canned beer straight off the canning line. It’s all about the #freshies! I was lucky enough to get some of the freshness in the form of a six pack of EZ-7 from Brash Brewing.
According to Chris, EZ-7 takes its name in homage to a legendary skate spot in Houston. I suck at trying to ride a skateboard, but I used to watch the X Games every summer and most of my friends in high school were skateboarders. Does that count? Probably not, but oh well. If you ever catch me trying to ride a board, it’ll look like I just crushed this six pack and tried to ride, except I’ll be totally sober.
The artwork for EZ-7 features a guy dropping in on a half pipe marked with the beer’s namesake as hooded onlookers stand close by. You can glimpse what looks to be Christ the Redeemer with a pentagram floating above him towards the woods. Very fitting for Brash and their Satanic and/or metal themed artwork that I have come to know and love. Unlike how it made Tam feel, my days as a metalhead never cease.
EZ-7 pours this beautiful, golden orange color with a small amount of white head that dissipates quickly. The head leaves some lacing around the glass as it’s consumed. On my first whiff, I was overwhelmed with all of the aromas coming out of the can. There were aromas of dank pine resin, lemon, lavender, and orange.
When I got to actually drinking EZ-7, those fruity and floral aromas took a backseat to a highly bitter flavor profile that seemed one dimensional to me. I tried for multiple pulls to find other flavors besides pine, general dank bitterness, and biscuit from the malt, but I couldn’t come up with anything.
Being a guy who prefers that the bitterness isn’t overwhelming in pale ales, I’m giving 2.5 stars to EZ-7. It’s not awful and I will drink the whole six pack, but it isn’t fantastic. Just middle of the road to me. I will commend Brash for getting close to the original APA I had… Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale, which has a similar hop bite to it. Added points for style.
You can get EZ-7 to-go from the brewery while their supplies last or get it on tap somewhere around town. If you’ve had EZ-7, what did you think? Is my review like a BMX bike grinding on those waxed up curbs? Beers to you, Houston. 🍻